Those statements are so seductive, and so deceiving. They’re tricky because there are elements of truth there. Yes, God takes pleasure when we are happy. But when that statement is coming from someone who teaches a health and wealth gospel, we know that the real emphasis is on being happy in health and wealth. And thus God becomes a means to an end. The message of prosperity preaching is basically this: God is going to help you get the house and the car and the job and the spouse that are going to make you happy.
But God is not a means to something else. God, Himself, is the ultimate goal. Our happiness, our joy, our peace, our hope, is in Him. It’s not that we’re just hoping He can get us x, y, or z. Real happiness, lasting happiness, is found when we are hoping in God, Himself . . . when we’re content to be with Him and behold His glory, whether or not we ever get x, y, or z.
See this insightful article by Albert Mohler as he critiques the prosperity message of Joel and Victoria Osteen.