God Doesn’t Want You To Be Happy . . .

“While it is true that God wants to bless you and has great plans for you, we venture into extremely dangerous territory when we start to believe that God’s ultimate plan for us is our happiness…If we believe that God wants us happy above all else, rather than acknowledging that our role is to serve God, we wrongly believe that God exists to serve us. God becomes a mean to our end: happiness. [Thus] the holy God of the universe is quietly transformed into a cosmic soda machine. If we give enough money, or pray the right prayer, or live the right way, God must deliver and do what we ask. He is the one who exists to bring us earth’s ultimate reward of uninterrupted happiness…God doesn’t want us to be happy because God wants us to be blessed. The Greek word makarios in Matthew chapter 5, also known as the Beatitudes, can be translated as ‘supremely blessed.’ In other words, God wants us to be more than happy. The happiness of this world is based on fickle happenings, but the blessings of God transcend the things this world offers. Scripture says in Psalm 112:1, ‘Blessed is the [one] who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.’ Another way of looking at it: ‘More than happy is the one who fears the Lord.’”

Craig Groeschel, The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as If He Doesn’t Exist, 165, 171.

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