The Theology of Happiness.

If you would stop the average person on the street and ask them what they want out of life; I believe 99% would answer, I want to be happy. I want my family to be happy!” People are desperately searching for happiness and that has carried over to their relationship with God. Consciously or unconsciously, they believe that God’s main task is to make sure they are happy! If I become unhappy, then God isn’t doing His job.  

But the problem is nowhere in the Bible does it say that our goal in life is to be happy. Nor does it obligate God to see that we are happy. While that is true there is a way to find happiness and it does involve God, our Father. God created us to find our fulfillment in a relationship with Him. But when we reverse that relationship and make ourselves the center, we can only expect unhappiness.    

Psalm 37:4 says, “ Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart..”  I like this translation,  “Do what the Lord wants, and he will give you your heart’s desire.” If you only want what God wants, you will be happy. 

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