He is happy
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
This is something I am turning my focus to on purpose. It is something I have never really given any thought to, but it is very significant. It is the fact that our God and Heavenly Father is blessed. What does that mean? Not to get in too deep, but the word blessed is translated from the Greek word makarios that means happy. (I’m not a Greek scholar, I just googled it) So, this is what I want to focus on today and what I believe God our Father wants us to know about Him. He is a happy God and He is a happy Father. I don’t know about you, but happy has never been a word that came to my mind when talking to or thinking about Him. I often think of words like holy, just, perfect, loving or gracious and full of mercy, but never happy.
So let’s think about this for a minute. If God is happy, that means He is not mad at us when we sin, He is not disappointed in us when we miss it and He is not sad when we cry. It seems that His happiness is not dependent on our behavior in anyway. That’s a relief. We do know that He feels compassion for us and cares for us, but nothing we bring to Him alters His character of happiness. So, according to this scripture, His blessing/happiness has given us a living hope through Christ Jesus‘ resurrection form the dead. Yes that’s right, God’s happiness gave us Jesus as our hope for life.
This word blessed (makorios) is the same word that Jesus used in Mathew 5 in His sermon on the mount. He goes through a list of attitudes that are present in a blessed/happy person. Such things as: poor in spirit – recognizing our need for God, mourn – sorrowing to repentance, meek – submitted to the Holy Spirit, hunger and thirst for right standing with God, just to name a few. By following this list in Matthew 5 we too can take on the happiness of God regardless of the outward circumstances.
Today I want to encourage you to consider God as a happy Father. Don’t let your preconceived and religious ideas limit your vision of your loving, happy Heavenly Father. Think about it this way: In this world when you approach someone to talk to them or request something from them would you rather they were in a good mood or a bad mood? This morning when you talk to God, remember He is happy and He is always in a good mood and you cannot in any way change it. It’s really not too far out there to think of Him being happy. Where else would happiness come from? Meditate this idea today and see if you can come up with any other passages that talk about Him being blessed/happy.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:1-3