I have heard it said that “God doesn’t care about our happiness as believers”. But nothing could be further from the truth. In The Beatitudes, Jesus started every example with the word “blessed”–and it is the Greek word “makarios” meaning “happy”. So God does want us to be happy and joyful as His children–and Jesus stated in The Beatitudes how we could achieve happiness.The reward He is storing up for us far surpasses anything of this world we think will make us happy. Click To Tweet
The problem is we have substituted a human definition of “happiness” for the definition God gives us in His Word. Our definition is focused on temporary circumstances while God points us to eternity. Look at the final Beatitude:
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
“Your reward is great in Heaven”…the place we will spend eternity with God because of our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Beatitudes teach us that if we realize we are fully dependent on God’s mercy, and live our lives with mercy and compassion for others, God stores up an abundance of eternal reward for us. In my new book “The Death of Christian Thought” I discuss this important biblical principle: Delayed gratification. You can order your specially priced copy today!
Learn to trust God and be patient, keeping our eyes focused on eternity instead of focused on our temporary earthly circumstances, knowing the reward He is storing up for us far surpasses anything of this world we think will make us happy.