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Jewish tradition believes that on this day Jacob’s son, Asher, was born.

And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. Then Leah said, “I am happy, for the daughters will call me blessed”: and so she called his name Asher. (Genesis 30:12-13)

As we just read, the name Asher is intended to express happiness. Unfortunately, sometimes in life, that is easier said than done. Yet, Scripture tells us there are a lot of things we should be happy about. Having a quiver full of children is one of those things we should be happy about because that infers we also have faithful and loving spouse. According to the Psalms, eating the fruit of our own labor should make us happy. According to Solomon, attaining wisdom brings happiness. The Scripture also tells us this:

Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you and you shall tread down their high places. (Deuteronomy 33:29)

Scripture informs us that the things which bring true happiness are the most important things in life—not the things we think will make us happy. Family, hard work, gaining wisdom and knowing that we are in a relationship with the God of Israel through the Messiah are what brings true happiness to our lives. It doesn’t mean that we won’t experience sadness, aggravation or doubt but it does provide us the anchor we will need during difficult times. So if you’re married to a loving and devoted spouse, then be thankful. If you have children that bring you honor, be thankful. Find happiness in your labor and hard work but more than all of these, be happy in knowing that the LORD is your God. Have a fruitful and a happy day. 


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