“For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15
This proverb from the God approved wisest man ever confirms the truth that we are shaping our future with our attitudes, thoughts, and words. As Solomon plainly states in this verse, working to keep a thankful, content, heart and conversation will cause us to live a life, that he calls a “continual feast”. This does not necessarily mean that circumstances are always favorable, but rather, that our joy and peace remains intact regardless of our circumstances. It rains on the just and the unjust, but for those of us who keep the proper perspective on life’s up and downs, we can crest every mountaintop and walk through each valley experience knowing that God is with us. The richness of His loving presence is our feast, and what is manifesting naturally around us is simply the means by which we can glorify Him, whether in pleasures or in troubles. So the thoughts of our heart, and the words of our mouth might not necessarily produce a life of ease, but they help us to keep a proper perspective on God’s loving kindness and tender mercies which are new every morning; ensuring a life of joyous surrender to a God who works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Father in heaven, lead me and guide me by Your Holy Spirit into a place where I can walk each day with a happy heart. I expect this to be a result of my learning to continually recognize Your loving presence with me each moment, so may Your Holy Spirit awaken me to this reality as never before. From today forward, may Your promise to never leave me nor forsake be a sure foundation for a life of continual feasting, for in your presence is fullness of joy. Amen.