How many times have you heard someone or heard of someone that says God does not want us to be unhappy? He loves us, so it stands to reason He would want us to be happy and do what makes us happy.
Let us for just a moment assume that is true. Apply this reasoning to any situation, any sin from drunkenness, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, compulsive eating or even over indulgence of any kind. People reason in their minds that it does not hurt anyone but me and I am happier with….
Believer’s instructions are not to be happy but holy. 1 Peter 1:13-16 instructs us to be holy in our conduct. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is the right thing and it is the very thing we don't feel like doing. When we sin, we choose to not see the consequences and hurt that we bring in our own lives much less the lives of others. Worse, we reason and think that it is worth the cost, a small price to pay for getting our desired outcome.
Look a little deeper, look at the hurt an parent’s sin can cause to their very own children. God doesn't want His children hurting. What about the eternal differences our choices can make in the lives of others. Random people, who see our actions, hear our words. Think a minute...what if we were to be the only Jesus they ever see?! If only to take our eyes off our desires, our circumstances and pray, "Lord, please grant me the wisdom and strength to be what You intend for me to be, let me make a difference for Your Kingdom." Just imagine the differences that right there can make in the lives of others! In the lives of families. In the lives of our children, grandchildren and for eternity.
Watchman Nee is quoted saying, “Revelation is the first step to holiness, and consecration is the second. A day must come in our lives, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all right to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.”
Better than that, Jesus said, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I say?”
If it comes between happiness and joy, let us not substitute pleasures for His joy and the joy that comes from overcoming the obstacles that satan so happily puts in our way. satan wants to steal, kill and destroy our testimony, our lives, our effectiveness. God will give us the strength to follow Him and live obediently. Seek Him.