be happy. Because God wants you happy, God only has good things in store for you. The problem is, though, when we believe that God revolves around us, we reduce a holy God of the universe into a cosmic Coke machine. What we do is, we put our quarters in, and we say our little prayer, and we press the button choosing which we want, and we expect God to deliver. And if what we pray for doesn’t come out of a slot, we blame God, because there’s something wrong if God wants me happy, and yet, I’m not. Therein lies the danger of this very subtle and very seductive urban legend that God wants you happy. Write this down. Understand this. If God wants me happy, and I’m not, then God failed. If God really desires for me to be happy, but I am miserable, then God didn’t deliver. God didn’t do what I needed Him to do to make me happy. So, as much as everyone I know wants to believe, “God wants me happy,” and as often as you will hear, “God wants you happy. God wants you prosperous.” As often as you will hear that, today I am going to submit to you that there are least three different times when God does not want you happy. If you are taking notes, the first one is this, and this is very, very true. Never forget it. God never, ever, God doesn’t want you happy when it causes you to sin. God never wants us happy when it causes us to sin. I Peter 1:15, scripture says, “But just as he who called you is happy, so be happy in all you do.” Diiiiid I mess that up? Well, what does it say? I’m sorry. I must have misread it. Scripture says, “But just as he who called you is,” what? “Is, is holy, be,” what? “Be holy in all that you do.” You see, in God’s spiritual economy, our happiness is never the bottom line. God never calls us to sacrifice His standards in the name of happiness.
Now, I hope that you won’t miss the heart of this, because I believe with all my heart that God is a good God. Scripture says He is. Scripture says that He loves to give good gifts to His children, and with everything in me, I know that God delights in the happiness of His children, just as I. I’ve got six kids. As the father of six kids, I love when I can make my kids happy. I love it, love it, love it, love it. In fact, a buddy of mine and I took our sons … I have two sons. He has two sons. We dropped some big bucks to take our kids to the Harlem Globetrotters. Why? We wanted to make our children happy, have a good time, great boys’ day out. And so we went. I asked my kids afterwards, “Did you enjoy …” “Oh, we loved it!” I asked my six-year-old, “What did you like about it?” He said, “Everything except the basketball part,” [laughter] which was very confusing to me. I said, “Well, what did you like?” He said, “I love the part where the guy pulled down the other guy’s shorts.” That was his favorite part. I asked my three-year-old, Bookie, I said, “Bookie, what did you like about it?” He said, “Daddy, I love the cotton candy,” which really