Does God Want You to Be Happy?

I was recently reading something that said it is God’s will that I experience happiness in my life. I took the time to reflect on that for a few minutes. I’ve been lucky that I’ve experienced mostly happiness over my lifetime, so this wasn’t too difficult to believe. However, one would think about this further and possibly question this statement. After all, there is so much unhappiness in this world. There is a global pandemic, crime and terror is on the increase, and generally, especially in the United States, people are more stressed and unhappy than ever before. So is this God’s way of showing who’s boss, and is this possibly His will instead of happiness?

Regardless of all the negativity we hear about, and some may experience, I strongly believe God wants us all to be happy. Here are some Bible quotes that back this up. Ecclestiastes 3:12-13 says, “so I concluded there is NLT. Psalm 35:27 says that the Lord delights and takes pleasure in the well-being, success, and prosperity of His servant.ย  Galatians 5:22-23 lists all of the fruits of the spirit. One of those is joy which is the root of happiness. Since God’s spirit lives in you, joy and happiness are an inherent part of your being! I don’t think God would include joy as one of those fruits if He didn’t want you to experience it.

I do understand that we all face situations and times in our lives that are not happy. However, God did say we would face trials. What some people miss when these occur is that God allows these trials to occur in order to help us grow. And I’ve learned that growth through these difficult and unhappy circumstances ultimately brings more happiness into my life!

To conclude, I will share what I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says to Rejoice always, pray continually, and be thankful in all circumstances, and that this is God’s will for you. When it says it’s God’s will that means it’s His intention. He created us with a happy, rewarding life in mind, even though He knew parts of this life would be difficult for us. The information I’m presenting here is a bit simplified. However, I believe some of you that read this may think that happiness is not what God intended for you in this life. I am hoping these verses prove that it is indeed His will that you ARE happy far more often than not. God is on your side, and your happiness brings Him happiness. And I can’t think of anything better than putting a smile on His face. Enjoy the blessings ๐Ÿ™‚

11 Responses to Does God Want You to Be Happy?

  1. CG Thelen says:

    I think one component of happiness comes from the I Thessalonians 5:16-18 passage where it says, โ€œpray continually.โ€ Consistent prayer keeps us oriented toward God and the joy of the Lord.

    • joedalio says:

      Yes, that is so true! Constant communication with God is an easy way to maintain joy, peace, and all of His wonderful fruits. Thank you for the excellent comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. juliearahm says:

    How can one not be happy once they learn His spirit is in us? He is the source of unconditional love, peace, joy among so many more things!

    How grateful you must be to have lived thus far with so much happiness in your life! What a blessing that is!

    For most of my life, I viewed many things with a pessimistic lens and negativity. I really thought that’s how I was made. Not happy with my circumstance, not loving or appreciating myself, wanting what other people had for I thought that’s what brought them such happiness.

    Little did I know what I had been listening to in my own head, was the voice and lies of the enemy. I thought it was just me! I didn’t know or understand more fully the concept of this until I worked with a life coach last year. Since then, I have been able to tame the enemy, just knowing who I am in the eyes of God.

    I know how great His love is for me! I delight in knowing how much He loves me, regardless of the person I was before today. I am a work in progress, we all are. Knowing happiness comes from within and He is in me, puts life into perspective.

    • joedalio says:

      Thank you so much for these excellent reminders! Like you said…how can one not be happy knowing His spirit is within us? It’s a matter of conscious awareness of that fact. Sometimes I feel like a hypocrite because I write these articles, yet I’m often the first to forget that God is always there with me. Upon saying that, I too am much better at drowning out the enemy’s voice and listening to God’s. The best part is that God understands and is there whenever we call on Him ๐Ÿ™‚

      • juliearahm says:

        In your post: “Please Forgive Me For Being Selfish” you spoke of obedience. You and I, we all know what the right thing is to do-make time, space and put Him first in our lives.

        In your heart you know, have accepted and made it open and known about your relationship with God. This is your life journey. The words you share are a reflection of where you’ve been and how far you have come.

        Life happens…distractions, things that pull our focus and attention away from Him. We are all human. We make mistakes, learn from them and move on in our own timing (with self-love and acceptance).

      • joedalio says:

        Yes, God does know our hearts. I especially like what you say about this being our life journey. God is speaking to me because I recently read something that said to keep things simple by simply making my life purpose to allow God’s light to shine in me, and to look for it in everyone else. Thank you for that confirmation ๐Ÿ™‚

      • juliearahm says:

        Your welcome!

        Iโ€™m grateful Iโ€™ve been able to do my part, allow Him to speak through and further support you in your journey.

        Keep shining โ˜€๏ธ
        God Bless you ๐Ÿ˜‡

  3. jakemwaniki says:

    I totally agree with you. One should be happy and thankful to God no matter what circumstances you are in. God’s grace is sufficient always.

    • joedalio says:

      Thank you! It’s not always easy to remain happy in difficult circumstances. As you say though, when you focus on the sufficiency of God’s grace, no one and nothing can take that happiness away ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Any good father, wants his children to be happy! God is the same! But at the same time fathers want their children to grow up to be wise, kind, and loving…and that sometimes takes some trials to learn. LOL

    • joedalio says:

      Thanks so much for the comment! Everything you say here is so true. It reminds me of Matthew 7:9-11 which says โ€œWhich of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

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