Happiness can a tricky thing. As humans we spend so much time, money and emotion on attempting to make ourselves happy. It’s estimated people spend over 85% of their waking hours thinking about themselves. We are conditioned to seek pleasure and avoid pain.
Let me give it to you straight, it isn’t God’s responsibility to make us happy any more than it’s a parents responsibility to make their children happy.
It’s worth analyzing the parent/children relationship compared to the God/children (all of us) responsibility matrix as a model for meaningful happiness. Parents expend great effort to make their children happy, but eventually learn if it’s built on a quick fix or tactics it doesn’t last and could even harm the child’s lasting development. What you get is short-term synthetic happiness.
“Do not spend money for that which is of no worth or your time for that which cannot satisfy.”
When parents provide a loving atmosphere and teach, or rather exemplify, Christlike character, modeling becomes the method of instilling (through the child’s choice) the foundation upon which happiness is built. What you get is lasting, organic happiness from the source.
The greatest form of admiration is emulation.
When God in love sent His only Son to this earth, He not only sent the perfect atoning one, but the only perfect example for us to follow.
The passions we pursue can’t and don’t lead to happiness no matter how many times we try or petition God. Only victory, as Christ demonstrated, can lead to happiness.
“Happy are the people whose God is the Lord” Psalm 144:15.