If God wanted His children to be happy, He would never allow them to go through sufferings, trials, temptations, and persecutions just like the apostle Paul, Job, Jesus, and many other men in the Bible. If God was really concerned about their happiness, He would have smoothed out their journeys on earth but He didn’t, why?
If we’ve been serious about our relationship with God, by this time we should have understood that living for God is not about our agenda but His. There are so many things our flesh desires to do like arguing with people to prove a point or not forgiving our offenders, all which make us feel good and happy, but this is not according to God’s plan. The Master is more concerned about our holiness than happiness. Why so?
The great commission (Matt28:19-20) that Jesus gave His disciples before He ascended to Heaven was not about them enjoying life to the fullest or giving them tips to be happy. He said: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This means that our priority in this world is to be witnesses for Christ, to be His ambassador, and to reach out to lost souls. That’s where the need for holiness comes to play because no one can effectively reach out to the world with a filthy or earthly-focused mind. 1 John 2:17 says: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” Hence, it would be foolish of God to ensure that His children get all they want in this world when such things will vanish. That’s why God permits hardships/persecutions to come our way in order that we learn to depend on Him and draw closer to Him in character by obedience to His Word, which is the beginning of holiness. In short to be holy just mean being set apart from the world to take on the identity of Christ (Rom13:14).
The outcome of genuinely pursuing holiness is God showering His blessings on us. And who doesn’t feel happy when God blesses them? We all rejoice when He shows His favor on us. Personally when I realize the mistakes I could have made if I had listened to my heart by dating or marrying certain men, I sincerely bless the Lord for gracing me to follow His way! It definitely pays off to live a holy life because that’s the way to find happiness and not the other way around.