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Doesn't God want me to be happy?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Romans 12:1

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
"Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.   Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.   Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39

God wants us to find happiness and fulfillment through our relationship with Jesus Christ.  That relationship with Christ takes away our fears of:
  •          Death
  •          Loneliness
  •          Unfulfillment
  •          Unforgiveness
However, to be truly a follower of God, he requires that we SACRIFICE our lives.  Sometimes that means we can't do what we want.  We may think that by not doing what we want, our lives are not happy.  God may close doors we want to open.  God may say no to sins that we enjoy.

Also, by proclaiming ourselves as Christians, we will create DIVISIONS between other relationships on earth - some of them family members.  People won't like us, making us unhappy.

The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 give examples of a life with Christ filled with hurt - mourning, hunger, thirst, persecution.  Again, Jesus never promised to take them away, but promised a blessing for those who get through them. 

In fact the term "Blessed are those who mourn" seems like a contradiction.  It is saying "Happy are those who hurt for the loss of a loved one."  Both emotions are running simultaneously - happiness and mourning - telling followers that you mourn with hope.

God cannot take away ALL disease, affliction or difficulties during our lifetime on earth.  We live in an IMPERFECT WORLD that has difficulties.  Everyone living will die at some point.

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  Revelation 21:4 

God never promises to take away tears and hurt until we arrive in HEAVEN.  Only then will we find true happiness, found in an environment free of anything that can snatch our joy away.  Until then, we must rest in the faith and know that God is watching over us and will never leave us.

That thought alone should make you happy.