Randy Alcorn's Blog: Happiness

The Key to Your Lasting Happiness

By Randy Alcorn | March 8, 2017
The Christian life is largely won and lost on the battlefield of ideas regarding what makes us happy. If we believe the lie that saying no to sin means saying no to happiness, then no amount of self-restraint will keep us from ultimately seeking happiness in sin.

He Finds Joy Even in Us

By Randy Alcorn | January 20, 2017
H. D. M. Spence-Jones (1836–1917) was a Cambridge graduate who taught Hebrew and was the general editor of The Pulpit Commentary. I was struck by his observation on Jeremiah 32:41, where God says, “I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”

The Simple, Daily Cultivation of God-Consciousness

By Randy Alcorn | January 11, 2017
We can’t spend time with many of the world’s famous people, but I have a hunch we’d often be disappointed if we could. We can, however, spend time with God daily—hour by hour.

How Does Understanding God’s Happiness Change Lives?

By Randy Alcorn | January 6, 2017
As much as I believe in the holiness of God, I also believe in emphasizing God’s happiness as a legitimate and effective way to share the gospel with unbelievers or to help Christians regain a foothold in their faith.

God Designed the Human Machine to Run on Himself

By Randy Alcorn | December 26, 2016
Every sin we commit, every shortcoming we display is an attempt to be happy through a God-substitute. Lewis, who spent much of his life trying to find happiness outside God, finally realized he’d been deceiving himself. He wasn’t alone.

Gratitude Brings Happiness to Everyone

By Randy Alcorn | November 23, 2016
Our thankfulness glorifies God and makes Him happy: “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me” (Psalm 50:23). But God isn’t the only one affected when we give thanks.

Recognizing and Avoiding the Trap of Idolatry

By Randy Alcorn | October 17, 2016
The problem with idols is not that they’re intrinsically wrong. God created wood, stone, and gold, which can be fashioned into heathen idols. Likewise, He created family, friendships, work, music, art, sex, food, drink, and all that we rightly value. But all of these can still become idols—God-substitutes.

Should God’s People Want to Be Both Holy and Happy?

By Randy Alcorn | October 10, 2016
Something would be terribly wrong if we weren’t grieving for this world and those who suffer. But is it okay to be happy when we live in a world of hurt? And beyond that, is it actually God’s calling? Those questions motivated me to go deeper into Scripture and to see what people through the ages have said about happiness, especially the Puritans. 

It’s Possible to Enjoy Watching Others Win

By Randy Alcorn | September 28, 2016
Suppose you and a friend entered a store and your friend was awarded $100,000 for being the store’s 100,000th customer. Would you be hounded by the wish that it had been you instead? Would you expect your friend to split it with you since you held the door open and otherwise would have won? Or would you have simply rejoiced for her?