I’m in the middle of a visit with three special kids. It’s wonderful to relax and enjoy their company. We’re biking and playing miniature golf and sledding and enjoying some special meals together.**
Having fun, relaxing, enjoying each other…
Sounds just like spending time with God, doesn’t it?
Sadly, ‘enjoying God’ sometimes seems like an oxymoron to me. Being with my Heavenly Father can turn into an activity I ought/must/should do. I know I’m supposed to obey, listen, work, follow, share, trust, study, pray. But enjoy Him?
That may sounds vaguely heretical, but it’s not.
Back in the 1640s, a group of English and Scottish pastors got together and wrote down the basics of belief in the triune God in the Westminster Confession of Faith. They also put together the Westminster Catechism, a summary of what people who follow Jesus need to be taught, in the form of questions and answers from the Bible. There’s a long version of 196 questions and a short version of 107 questions.
And where did they begin? What did they see as the foundation of the Christian life? Where would be the place to start in the journey of faith?
How about sin? Jesus? Judgment? Wrath? Heaven? Adam and Eve? God’s holiness? God’s perfection? God’s power?
No. The first question is about enjoying God.
“Question 1: What is the chief and highest end of man?
Answer: Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.”
Perhaps that’s why one scripture passage that attracted me to God when I was a child was:
You have made known to me the path of life;
You will fill me with joy in Your presence,
with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Joy, pleasure–intuitively we understand that this is what we were created for. The absence of joy and pleasure feels like brokenness.
Still, I find it amazing that God created me not as His slave or servant, but to bring Him glory and to enjoy Him–and by extension enjoy His love, rest, justice, righteousness, freedom, power, and every other aspect of His magnificent being.
Given that, here are two great questions to think about:
1]This year, what’s one thing I can do to increase my enjoyment of God?
2] What’s one way I’m going to enjoy God this week?
Links and Notes
**Snow in Thailand–yes it exists, at the zoo’s snow dome