I found It disheartening to read in a 2018 study, where it was suggested that Protestants, Buddhist, and Roman Catholics are happier and more satisfied with their lives, compared with other groups. Jews, Hindus, and Muslims, and the non-religious were in between, while Orthodox Christians were found to have the lowest happiness and life satisfaction rates. I’m sorry! The devil is a liar! I don’t agree with that! They must have surveyed the wrong groups of Christians.
As Christians, it is important that we let our lights shine that others can see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:38) Sad Christians or complaining Christians do not reflect the light of Christ! No, I don’t believe because you are a Christian, you will never have battles to fight or every day will be without conflicts.
But, although every day as a Christian may not be a happy day of sunshine and roses, you can still have a happy life in Christ, because God orders your steps. (Psalms 37:23) As Christians we can find joy and strength in our lives as we delight ourselves in the Lord. Psalms 37:4 says: “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give (not by your efforts) thee the desires (more than one time or one thing) of thine heart (God gets personal with you).”
Your worst day as a Christian is still better than the world’s best day, because our happiness becomes eternal while the world’s happiness is temporal. So, where are the happy Christians or why are some Christians not happy? I believe they are not happy because they are not happy with God and His Word. They have a greater desire to find happiness in the world than in the Word. They question God and spiritual leaders as to why they can’t have more carnal things and peoples in their lives to make them happy.
They look more on the outer appearance of happiness, that comes from the world rather than the inward peace of happiness that comes from God’s Word. When it comes to making choices, as to what makes us happy spiritually or carnally, we should always choose the “rather.” Hebrews 11:24a-26a says: “By faith Moses, … Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:”
When you are satisfied with Jesus, you become satisfied with the life He has prepared for you. Just like people have unhappy days as non-Christians (and they have many), Christians have disappointing times; but, the difference is, Christians have the word of God, and the testimonies of other saints that God will deliver us. Hebrews chapter 11 is considered the Hall Of Faith. It gives a plethora of Christians who God delivered by faith.
Psalms 34:19 David said: Many are the afflictions of the righteous : but the Lord delivereth them out of them all” Psalms 37:25 says: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” God will never fail us like other gods or peoples. An article in FacTank stated, very active Christians are more happy than inactive Christians.
Those more involved in their churches and attendance were found more happy with their lives. Isaiah 1:19 says: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” When you’re happy with Jesus you obey Him because you want to, and not just because you have to. Happy Christians are those who have found a true relationship with the only One that has loved and cared for them unconditionally.
And, upon this discovery, happiness exudes from them in their walk, talk, and appearance. So, if the world is wondering where are the happy Christians, especially during this Covid 19 pandemic, you should be the one with your hand raised high, and with a smile from your heart and say: “Here’s One: I’m a happy Christian, because Jesus changed my world!”