Do you ever think of God’s delight? When you are sitting around with nothing of any depth occupying your mind, do you contemplate the things that God delights in? If you do not, then it is no surprise that you grow bored easily and find great excitement to be impossible in simple moments. If you did, you would never know the baseness of these things we so ignorantly call normal.
It is not normal to be empty and then find nothing to fill ourselves. Is it so contrary to our natures for us to know of this God whose testimony is love, and not look there when the luster of our soul is worn thin by the world.
How can we race around with dull minds and sit about with frantic minds? We were not meant to survive on so little. We need more than stimulation, we need to immerse ourselves so deeply that we lose sight and perception of the meaningless drivel that we naturally default to.
We have minds, and hearts and spirits and bodies so distinguished by God and designed for Him that we are actually committing the greatest offense against ourselves to live in any way contrary to that.
Yes, this is about disappointing God, but do we realize that He is still disappointed when we deprive ourselves of what He always planned to have? Do we think so little of God that we assume He does not know us so well and love us so carefully that He would miss such a thing as whether we enjoy the meaning of our very existence. Yes, I think we do, and how much more a shame it is because He is nothing like the One we imagine.
It is not that we do not spend enough time thinking, it is that we do not think rightly. I could spend an entire day thinking about
something I don’t want to do,
something I’m afraid of,
something I can’t enjoy today,
something I wish I could change,
something that may never happen as I dream it. What a waste!
I could spend every day of the rest of my life thinking of
the highest possible thing,
the least remote concepts, and
the most regenerating realities that may possibly be known to man.
Is the choice really that hard? Is God and His ways so raw in their composition that they are uninteresting, or so familiar in their presentation that they are detestable? Have we gotten so disillusioned by the wrapping paper, that we forget that there are still new and different gifts inside each parcel? Has Christmas morning’s greatest occupation grown dull because we have grown dull?
We are so obsessed with manufactured beauty constantly advertised to us that we believe beauty does not exist unless it is freely exposed. What about the hidden nuances of all the things in our world that know nothing about. We pass by treasures in favor of trinkets because we never truly see what comes before our eyes.
So what are some of the things that we can set our minds and hearts on? A good place — in fact, the best place I can think of — to start is God. We must look at God to learn who He is according to the specific and highly unique substance of His heart. We hear these terms all the time, but what does God mean when He describes Himself as holy, unchanging, loving, and full of mercy. We cannot expect to have a corner on any of these things simply by reading its definition or memorizing verses that house its description. Let’s invite God to lead the introduction for us. Let’s go beyond merely hearing, merely seeing to knowing and believing.
Then the knowledge of God and His ways would arrest us with conviction, such that His delights would supernaturally take over and agitate our hearts. And by all this we would be moved toward more love for the One from whom every enjoyable thing does spring.