“He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).
“…And now I am happy all the day” (“At the Cross,” a gospel song in our hymnals).
It’s good to be happy. I’m all in favor of it, and I think the Lord is also.
God’s primary concern is not in making us happy. He does not fret because someone is displeased with the job He is doing, someone else is .unhappy with the way a Scripture text is worded, and another is complaining about the weather today.
Pleasing us does not appear to be high on His agenda. He seems not in the least concerned that some of us do not like His methods or the personnel He has sent in our direction as our teachers, pastors, comforters, companions.
I can just hear it now. “Lord, are you aware that some of us are unhappy with you? Doesn’t that concern you?” He that sitteth in the Heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2)
Scripture shows that God is far more interested in pleasing Himself and making Himself happy than in satisfying us.