July 15, 2008
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4
Science is a wonderful thing. Really!
In July, the journal, Perspectives on Psychological Science, is going to publish a survey taken in 52 countries, a survey which polled 350,000 people.
Let me give you the survey's high points: First, it's going to say the world is getting happier. Second, it will say the happiest country on earth is Denmark. Third, if you want to be miserable, go to Zimbabwe.
The study also had some very unsurprising conclusions. For example, they've found richer countries are usually happier than poorer ones, and people who are free are generally more content than those who have their liberties restricted. Duuuhhh.
As for America. America ranked 16th in overall happiness.
Surprised? Don't be. The survey found out baby boomers are really miserable when they're compared to other generations. And, if a recent Pew Research Study can be believed, 81 percent of us think our country is on the "wrong track."
As I tried to process this information, it occurred to me it doesn't make much difference if my country is happy, and I'm not. My neighbors may be having one party after another, but if I'm excluded, their laughter will leave me unmoved.
What you and I need is a place where everybody is happy, all the time.
The only place where happiness is a constant is described in the book of Revelation. There we are told of a place where there is no death, no mourning, no crying, no pain. All the earthly negatives will be banished in heaven.
It sounds like a nice place to visit and a place where a guy or gal might want to spend some time. If you agree and heaven sounds good to you, give thanks for the Savior who made heaven a reality. His sacrifice for us has brought about the forgiveness, which makes us citizens of that wonderful land.
So, in conclusion I can say, "It's a good thing the folks of Denmark are happy, but it's a better thing that I have citizenship in heaven - - the place where the sorrowful and sad things of this world are passed away. "
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for doing all that was necessary to make me a citizen of heaven, my deepest thanks. May I look forward to the time when all our tears are wiped away. In Jesus, the Savior's Name I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries