Several times I have had people ask me if God just wants them to be happy, and this question usually follows them trying to justify their sin. Her mom wants her to break up with her boyfriend, but she doesn’t want to. He wants to leave his wife for someone younger. Then the question is posed: Doesn’t God want me to be happy?
It is almost as if we are supposed to picture God smiling in heaven at our sin, saying, “As long as they’re happy…”
The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 show several things that will make a believer happy (“blessed” means happy), but they are in sharp contrast to the person who thinks something sinful will make them happy.
Another verse that shows us how to be happy is Psalm 128:1. This verse tells us “Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord, that walketh in His ways.”
This verse, along with the Beatitudes, shows us that God wants us to be holy, and that will lead to our being happy.
As Christians, the closer we get to Christ the more we will become like Him. Then, the things that God loves we will love, and things He hates we will hate. By living holy lives, we will be happy.
So yes, God wants you to be happy, but only if it comes from being holy.