Victoria Olsteen has been preaching to the masses on the importance of being happy. Victoria states, “God takes pleasure when you are happy. That gives Him the greatest joy! Do good for your own self. When you come to church and worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really, you’re doing it for yourself because that’s what makes God happy”.
On the surface it sounds so comforting and reassuring that our lives should be lived happily. If God’s desire is that we are happy ~ life is now much easier. What is happy? Do we have a universal meaning and understanding of “happy”? When Adam and Eve decided to eat from the tree in which God told them not to, did it make them happy? Was disobeying God and their happiness a physical need they could not control? Psalm 63 explains what our physical needs are: “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water”. Verse three continues to say “because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” We have an amazing opportunity to praise and worship the Creator of the Universe. Does it make us happy ~ it does, but that’s not the reason we worship. We worship God because He has saved us from death. We praise Him for loving us and desiring a personal relationship with us. Jesus tells the Pharisees in Luke 19:40, that if the people don’t praise God, the stones will cry out. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1).
Let’s think about this a different way. If we are at a football stadium with 95,000 other fans, we are happy hollering, yelling and shouting praises for our team. We do it to encourage the players to perform better; to show our love and support. If our team wins, we are happy! We feel we had some part in the success. If we loose, we are not so happy and we may blame our team for not playing as well as they should. When things are not so happy in our lives, we tend to blame God for not doing His job in our lives. Yet, we are happy when our lives are flowing smooth and steady; we praise Him for blessing us.
Our happiness has specific limitation. We do not and can not limit God; He is infinite and almighty. Our happiness is in knowing that we worship a God who is Wonderful, Counselor, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Creator, Defender, The Truth, The Way, The Truth, The Light, The Beginning and End, Born a Man, Crucified and Raised from the Dead and Seated at the Right Hand of God. We live to know Him and to make Him known.