Our toddler said, “Be happy” one day and I have been thinking about it since then. Does the Bible tell us what we need to do in order to be happy? Yes, it does. Here are some scriptures which outlines what true happiness is:
Job 5:17: “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.”
Psalm 144:15: Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
Psalm 146:5: Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Proverbs 3:13: Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;
Proverbs 14:21: But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Proverbs 16:20: He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.
We can only experience true happiness when we allow God to correct us. In doing this He molds and shapes us into the people He wants us to be. Correction is an expression of love. God wants us to be the best we can be. He wants us to be our full potential. Happiness comes from knowing that we are pleasing to God.
True happiness comes from hoping and trusting in the Lord. We trusted and hoped that the Lord would bless us with a son and He did. Leah experienced happiness when God blessed her with children. Hannah experienced happiness when the God she placed her hope and trust in, blessed her with the son she prayed for.