If We Are Called to Enjoy God, Then Why Aren’t We Passionate About this Calling?
In my blog Called to Enjoy God, we have learned that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Or we glorify Him the most by enjoying Him. Simply, we are called to enjoy God.
But if we are called to enjoy Him, or to delight in Him (Psalm 37:4), then why aren’t we passionate about it? Why are we still after things that won’t give us true enjoyment? Why are we still seeking lasting enjoyment in intimate relationships? Or marriage? Or parties? Or alcohol? Or drugs? Or sex? Or money? Or toys? Or gadgets? Or cars? Or careers? Or retirement? Or business? Or achievements? Or fame? Which to our surprise could never give us true and lasting satisfaction.
This is what I think: We have abandoned this calling! We have settled instead with the enjoyment of the trivial and short-lived. And we are not even aware of it.
So why are we so prone to this abandonment of this high call to enjoy God forever? It’s because we are humans. Look at what C.S. Lewis has to say:
“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”1 (Emphases added)
We are humans—half-hearted creatures! The Lord doesn’t find our desires strong, but weak. We are far too easily pleased. We just enjoy mud pies instead of the holiday at the sea.
In the Bible, people were condemned for forsaking God and seeking happiness elsewhere. The Lord declares in Jeremiah 2:13:
13for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
They have exchanged the Fountain of living water for broken cisterns that can hold no water! They have forsaken the Source of true enjoyment for things that could not give true satisfaction. This is the condition of every human. We are half-hearted creatures!
What do we need to do? Repent and pursue the call to enjoy Him forever. May we delight ourselves in the Lord (Psalm 37:4), in whose presence there is fullness of Joy and whose right hand there are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
1Quoted in John Piper, Desiring God (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2003), 20.