God Wants You To Be Happy?

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“May all who are godly be HAPPY…” – Psalm 97:12 NLT96

It feels so good to hear the words, “God wants me to be happy.” It feels good to hear that, above all else, He wants me to enjoy life and only wants good things to happen in my life.

But what if that weren’t entirely true. What if God never said that?

See, the problem with believing that God’s supreme goal for me is my happiness, is that I might start to reason that “whatever makes me happy must be right” and “whatever makes me unhappy must be wrong”. With that mindset, any discomfort or delay or inconvenience can’t be God’s will, and so we spend our lives trying to avoid these things, instead of embracing them for what they are: a necessary part of our growth and development.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture that bows down at the altar of happiness. Thinking that comfort, money, pleasure and things will make us happier. Yet, ironically it’s making us more miserable than ever.

Of course I do believe that God is not against our happiness. In fact, I believe he delights in our happiness. That when we’re happy I believe it brings Him great joy. Just as I feel delighted when my children experience joy or happiness. But, as Eleanor Roosevelt points out,

“Happiness is not a goal, it’s a by-product”.

When we make our lives solely about pursuing personal happiness, then somehow it remains elusive – we never quite find it. Yet, when we give our lives for something else, something outside of ourselves – God, others, the healing of our world – then we find a joy and contentment and peace that goes beyond mere happiness.

Bottom line: God doesn’t want us to pursue happiness. He wants us to pursue Him.

And in the process find happiness we never knew existed. Happiness that isn’t based on “happenings”. It’s called blessing.

 

This blog is based on a series by Lifechurch.tv and taken from a recent sermon I preached at Grace Family Church. Click here to listen to the full message.

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5 Comments on “God Wants You To Be Happy?

  1. Exactly! We have actually spoken about this quite recently in our small church group and as Christians we may or may not have a happy life (look at Paul’s extreme example of an unhappy life due to his ministries) but if we follow God we will truly be happy. It’s just easier said than done to keep focus on what’s important in our busy lives. Luckily we can surround ourselves with supportive people who can help keep us on track 🙂

  2. Thank you for this post.

    How do I receive them daily? Seems I have not registered.

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    Marcella and Kevan Hunt

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    • Hi Marcella. If you go to the top of the right-hand column, you can subscribe via email to receive my posts. If you have done so and are still not receiving, perhaps check your spam folder? Or try register again… Thanks for reading! 🙂

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