Christians are supposed to be the happiest people in the world! God has promised us joy and a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Yet, our people are often the most miserable, especially Seventh-day Adventists. This joyless experience makes us the worst of witnesses for the Lord. Therefore, I want to share some wonderful quotes from Sister White with you which show us how to regain that joy.
The Keys to Being the Happiest People on Earth
1. Make God First in Everything
Those who in everything make God first and last and best, are the happiest people in the world. Smiles and sunshine are not banished from their countenance … Let us never lose sight of the fact that Jesus is a well-spring of joy. He does not delight in the misery of human beings, but loves to see them happy.
— The Review and Herald, 8/19/1884
2. Recognize the Tokens of God’s Love
Those who love God and His truth should be the happiest people in the world. There is a glorious hope set before them; for “he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” in the kingdom of God. And here, as in the eternal world, the work of righteousness is peace; and holiness is happiness, because holiness is a part of heaven. Nor is this all. All around us we see reasons for praising God, evidences of His love for us in His created works. How strange it is that so many look with indifference on these tokens of his regard for their happiness.
— The Bible Echo, 4/1/1889
3. Praise God in Trials
Praise God, brethren, with heart and soul and voice. Even when amid trials, we should be the happiest people on the earth, because our life is hid with Christ in God, and when He shall appear, we also shall appear with Him in glory. We are not living for the applause of the world; we are living for the future, immortal inheritance.
— The Review and Herald, 9/3/1895
4. Trust Jesus to Carry Your Burdens
Dear Christian friends, drop the burdens that God does not ask you to carry. The more you think and talk of these self-imposed burdens, the larger they grow, until at last they will utterly destroy your faith and courage. Do not think that when you walk with Jesus, you must walk in the shadow. The happiest people in the world are those who trust in Jesus and gladly do his bidding. He is the light of life. From the lives of those who follow him, unrest and discontent are banished.
— The Review and Herald, 4/18/1907
5. Don’t Give Voice to Complaints
Out of grateful hearts the notes of thanksgiving should spring continually, and our lips should tell of the goodness of the Lord, and magnify His Holy Name. All complaint and murmuring should cease among the children of the Most High. We ought to be the happiest people on the earth, because we have a mighty Saviour in the sanctuary above, who has died that we might live.
— The Signs of the Times, 1/27/1888
6. Study the Plan of Redemption
The great plan of redemption is not half comprehended. If we could only understand the plan of salvation, we would be the happiest people upon the face of the earth. The truth that God has given us would so fill our minds that we could not talk of earthly things.
— Manuscript 9, 1886
7. Let Christ Abide in You Continually
It is not enough that now and then you offer a prayer and now and then deal righteously. You are to have the attributes of an abiding Christ working out in your life constantly. How many of us have this experience? Yet we may have it; and having it, we will be the happiest people on the face of the earth. With Christ’s Word abiding in us, we shall give evidence that we have wholly received Him who in His humanity lived a sinless life. In the strength of divinity we shall overcome every tendency to evil.
— Manuscript 97, 1909
Are We Not Yet the Happiest People in the World?
Brothers and sisters, we have no excuses. God has made this blessing available to us and His promises are sure. Therefore, let us claim them today and thank Him for that joy that passes all understanding!
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Also known by his pen name, Malchiel E. Malachi, Ricky first began sharing the Gospel in 2008. His ministry has gone through a number of changes, even being renamed, but there is one thing that hasn’t changed. He is a dedicated student of the Scriptures and Ellen White’s writings and loves to share what he learns online.