So far, we have found out that happy are those people whose God is their Lord. We found the verses in the New Testament stating that man cannot serve two masters. He cannot serve both God and money. We have also discovered that some kind of perfect happiness is given by God to His people. Perfect happiness and peace are things that can be given to us. Peace that passes all understanding can guard our heart and mind. This kind of peace is not our own. No one can muster it up. It is a gift given to us. Philippians 4:6-7 says the following:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Aquinas pointed out that imperfect happiness can be found in temporary things such as a career, family, and an education, but perfect happiness is found in a good relationship with God, knowing and delighting in the divine essence of His presence.
Yesterday, we found out that morality and freedom in one’s own country are both at stake if you set aside the Divine Moral Law and ignore the true meaning of life. One reason why the meaning of life matters so much is that it can really make all the difference between morality and immorality in your life and in the lives of the people around you. When a person is really knowing and delighting in the divine essence of His Presence, we come to know that we will be firmly planted on a firm foundation and begin to value the Divine Moral Law that has already been given. Happy are the people whose God is the Lord. In Psalm 1, it says the following:
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Here is the moral law syllogism to help bring things into focus a bit. 1.) Laws come from a law maker. 2.) Moral laws exist. 3.) Therefore, moral laws come from a moral lawgiver. The question becomes, “Who is the Moral Lawgiver?” Does a society determine what is the moral law? Does an individual determine the moral law? Or has the moral law already been given by the Lord God Almighty?
When you let your light shine, other people around you will see it. They might fuss about it, complain, insult you, or deny that a divine moral law exists. As Schaeffer so boldly pointed out in his book, Christian Manifesto, in a society where people who follow the divine moral law remain silent, it gives room for corrupt leaders to develop their own moral law. Schaeffer gives a bold call for good people to stand up and make a difference. He is calling us to honor the Divine Moral Law, not just in our heart and at home, but at work, at school, and in our neighborhood and city.