It’s often said in Christian circles, and by Christian pastors, that God is not concerned with our happiness. But, this is certainly NOT a Christian concept. In fact, if you look at Scripture, you will find that happiness is not only something that God desires for us, but also something that he demands from us. “Delight yourself in the LORD…! (Ps. 37:4).” When His creatures find happiness in Him, God receives glory. Happiness in Him is our ultimate form of worship, provided that it is alive through the suffering as well as the prosperity. As John Piper said, “God is most glorified in me, when I am most satisfied in Him.” There is no purity in removing the motivation of personal joy when it comes to seeking and following the eternal God. God has made us for himself, and we are restless until we find our joy in Him. The quest for joy is common to all humanity. The problem is not the desire for inner satisfaction and joy. The problem is that we are too easily pleased. C.S. Lewis said it best:
“…We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
God IS, most definitely concerned with your happiness, believer, but he can’t give it to you fully outside of Himself. Make no mistake, God is in the business of making those who believe PERFECTLY AND EVERLASTINGLY JOYFUL. Actually, if personal happiness is not your motivation to seek God, then you have ceased to worship the living and eternal God, and you have replaced the relationship of genuine spirituality with a duty, a religion and nothing more.