Does God desire Christians to be happy?


IKEA's vision is "to create a better everyday life for the many people." God's vision for his people is for them to "be happy in everyday life and eternity."

Yes, God wants us to be happy (1 Pet. 3:10; 3 John 2). There really is no debate about this. God wants us to enjoy life here on earth and be happy. The Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches: "Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever" (Ps. 86; 16:5-11, et. al.). He wants us to live joyfully, to see good days, and enjoy the rewards of our labor. But, if we really want to pay attention to what God wants, let's observe this: not only does God want me to be happy, he also wants me to act holy to glorify Him! (2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 1:3-4; Heb. 12:10; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 2:5, 9; 2 Pet. 3:11). When we act like who we have become, which is new creatures in Christ and separated unto his holiness, then we will enjoy life to its fullest. However, this does not mean it will not be without its difficulties (but that is another answer).

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).