As Nehemiah said, the joy of the Lord is our strength. Are we missing out on this joy? Or do we think we naturally experience it always, just because we’ve already received the Spirit of Christ? Below, I list seven quotes from the Spirit of Prophecy on being the happiest people in the world. There is a common thread in these quotes, namely, that there are prerequisites to receiving this joy. Want to learn what they are? Read on!
Make God First, Last, and Best
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.
— Review and Herald, 8/19/1884
Holiness Is Happiness
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.
— Bible Echo, 4/1/1889
The Happiest People, Even Amid 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.
— Review and Herald, 9/3/1895
Trust and Obey
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.
— Review and Herald, 4/18/1907
We Have a Mighty Saviour
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.
— Signs of the Times, 1/27/1888
The Happiest People Have an Abiding Christ
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
Understanding Salvation Brings Happiness
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
Are We the Happiest People in the World?
Now that you have seen all these reasons to be happy and joyful, are you ready to shine as a light to the Gentiles? We have more than enough cause to rejoice and sing songs of praise to God! Do you feel inspired and encouraged by these quotes, beloved? It isn’t easy, though, to give God glory, even when we experience trials. We have learned this from experience, and still sometimes struggle. But our God is a faithful God! He is transforming us, day by day, so that we can see His hand in even the most trying circumstances. He is especially using the Revival Reading Plan to help us in this regard, so if you haven’t started using it for your own devotions, we encourage you to start today! May the Lord bless you abundantly as you feast on His Word!