Is it true that “God wants me to be happy?” John Piper says yes – but only in Him. He says that when we taste and see God’s goodness, God becomes our utmost joy. That Christianity is giving up eating dirt to taste Living Water. Therefore we’re not to be a people who totally deny ourselves of pleasure, but a people whose pleasures are utterly fulfilled in God.
C. S. Lewis teaches something similar: that we have a God-shaped hole in our hearts. And that when we seek to fulfill our pleasures in earthly things, we will never be satisfied. Because God created us to desire Him, and He alone can fill that hole.
This is the kind of faith I want to have. Not a faith that simply assents mentally to facts in scripture or completes spiritual checklists, but one that continually seeks pure joy in God. Not in His gifts. Not in what He can do for me. But in God himself. In His goodness, His beauty, His truth, and His light. I believe this should be my purpose in Bible reading, and in life itself.
Psalm 40:1-5 says,
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips
Lord, may these verses be a mantra for my life. Help me to want You above all else. To make You the end of all my wanderings and wonderings. To see Your goodness in the blessings of life, and to seek Your truth in all things. Let Your Word be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path, and may I find it rich, delicious, and life-giving. Help me to savor You.
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