God Wants Me To Be Happy
Psalm 128:1-6 NKJV Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways. 2 When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. 3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD. 5 The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life. 6 Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
A woman finds a man who pays more attention to her than her husband, so she divorces her husband to marry this other man because “God wants me to be happy.”
Repeatedly the quest for personal happiness becomes the criteria for making decisions that go against righteousness; Yet, the person wishes to think this rebellion is what God wants in his/her life.
God does want us to be happy as the Psalm suggest and a host of other passages also indicate. The question is what does the state of happiness contain? How do we act and the bottom line is how is it defined happiness
- Moses chose ill treatment – Hebrews 11:23-26
- Jesus says losing in order to win – John 12:24-25
- Denying Self also is high on the list – Matthew 16:24-27
Where Happiness Is Found
- Fearing the Lord & Walking in God’s ways – Psalms 128:1-6, Proverbs 9:10
- Holding onto God’s Wisdom – Proverbs 3:13-18
- Keeping God’s Law – Proverbs 29:18, Psalms 144:1-2
- Happy are God’s People – Psalms 144:15
- Enjoying what you produce – Psalms 128:2, Ecclesiastes 3:22, 7:14
- In one’s Family – Psalms 128:3-4, Ecclesiastes 9:9
- Seeing others do well – Psalms 128:5, Proverbs 14:21
- Acts 16:23-25, Song of Solomon 8:7, Isaiah 43:2, Matthew 7:24-25, Romans 8:28-39
The Paradox in Happiness
- 1 Peter 3:10-17, 3 John 2-4
QUESTIONS & EXERCISES
For Daily Devotionals or Bible Study Group
- Discuss “God wants me to be Happy” and how it is often used today?
- Human being often have a poor track record choosing happiness. What lessons can we take from Moses Choice (Hebrews 11:23-26) and Jesus’s wisdom (John 12:24-25 & Matthew 16:24-27)?
- The definition of happiness often differs between people of all walks of life. What seems to bring joy to one person another may see it as drudgery. If we grant God the key holder to happiness where is happiness to be found?
- Discuss why the writer of this lesson presents the following scriptures as Unquenchable Joy.
Acts 16:23-25, Song of Solomon 8:7, Isaiah 43:2, Matthew 7:24-25, Romans 8:28-39
- What is the Paradox to be found in Happiness?
1 Peter 3:10-17, 3 John 2-4