What makes you happy, friend? What makes God happy? Are you living to make yourself happy? Or are you living to make God happy?
My beloved pastor who went on to be with the Lord used to say we need to get the Word [the Bible]into us and the world out of us. In other words, we need as Christ’s followers to stop living according to the world’s ways and learn instead to live according to God’s ways. This world teaches us to be self-centered and to strive for a pleasure-filled life, personal happiness, and self-satisfaction no matter the cost. But God’s great commandment is to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves, and He teaches us to live for Him not for self no matter the cost to our flesh.
I am sure you know what makes you happy. But do you know, think about, and strive for what makes God happy, pleased, and satisfied? He tells us right in the Bible what pleases and honors Him and what does not!
Friend, is the way you are living the life He has given you making God happy? Do you love Him with all your heart and others as yourself? Do you live to bring Him pleasure, honor, and glory? Do your thoughts, words, and actions bring Him pleasure and praise? Do you seek His forgiveness when you fall short? Are you living for Him and not longer for self?
Please consider all this, and please make any and all necessary changes!
Father, teach us you ways and give us the desire, willingness, strength, wisdom, and power by your Holy Spirit and through your Word to bring you joy, praise, honor, pleasure, happiness, and glory! AMEN!
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (KJV) [I used the KJV version here because of the words “for thy pleasure”. Not all versions use the word “pleasure”.