Life is not fair.
The Bible is full of hard commands. Things like “submit” and “rejoice always” (like, even when your baby refuses to go to sleep at 3:00 a.m.)
Sometimes Often I’d much rather sulk and hold a pity party than rejoice.
A dear friend, who was going through marital difficulties, once told me, “marriage is not for happiness, it’s for holiness.”
Ideally, marriage should be bursting with happiness since it is a glorious picture of Christ and His church. (I am very blessed to be in a marriage that is wonderfully happy!)
However, her words have stuck with me because they carry a truth that is so foreign in modern America: happiness is not a right.
God did not put us on this earth so that we could do whatever we wanted to please ourselves. No matter how loudly my selfish nature screams the contrary, my life is ultimately not about my happiness.
There is an even greater good than happiness, holiness.
Often times, God says “no” to our earnest prayers because He is more concerned about our holiness than we are and because He wants us to find our happiness in Him, not all the things we think we need to be happy.