Is it possible that God really doesn't want us to be happy?
People will justify all kinds of things they do because "I just know God wants me to be happy."
What if He doesn't?
What if He wants us to suffer? To be challenged? To give up things we want in order to seek the things He wants for us? To grow?
What if He wants us to die to self and the goal of our own happiness?
Would we become people after God's own heart - like the penitent King David after his murderous adultery? Would we have a deeper understanding of Christ's sacrifice if we made a few sacrifices of our own? Would we appreciate what it's like to be despised and rejected if we suffer some of it for ourselves?
If that's not in store for us, then why does Jesus offer the reassurance of the Beatitudes?
Wouldn't the happiness that's in store for us with Him forever be worth a few moments of unhappiness here and now?
I can't forget what one of my roommates in college said while we were discussing the spiritual "thing" of the moment back then: "Mountaintop experiences are overrated. It's when I'm in the valleys - in the very pits - that God lifts my face."
I think he was on to something.