Delighting in Him
It’s no secret that we’re all wired a little differently - I am someone who loves being busy and active. I love being knee-deep in a big project, my mind laser-focused on the task in front of me as a tune out everything else. When one proverbial mountain is climbed, I want to move right on to the next one without much thought or time for rest. Sometimes this is a good thing, but you can probably see how this bent towards non-stop activity can create a lot of problems, especially when it comes to my walk with Jesus. He wants me to slow down, spend time with him and ultimately delight in him.
“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” —C. S. Lewis
For some reason I found it easy to do this when I was a teenager, but as an adult most days this feels almost impossible. Maybe the changes in technology have something to do with that; endless distraction is always just a fingertip away with our smartphones, Netflix, and wireless internet. It makes me sad to think that given the choice, I often choose distraction over Jesus, but I suppose there’s some comfort in knowing I’m far from being alone in this struggle. Why? Why when this life is so short do I choose the meaningless over someone so meaningful?
Distraction or delight - it’s something Randy Alcorn talks about in his latest blog entry titled “Delighting in Him.” He starts by asking some great questions:
Have you been sitting at the feet of Jesus, as Mary of Bethany did (see Luke 10:38–42)? Have you been turning your back on a thousand distractions to enjoy the presence of your Bridegroom, the Carpenter from Nazareth, the One who said He was going to prepare a place for you and is coming back to get you so you can be with Him forever (see John 14:2–3)?
Alcorn then makes these powerful statements about how we spend our time, and how that can translate into the joy we experience in Christ:
Time with God is the fountain from which holiness flows, along with joy and delight. …If we delight ourselves in God, that will transform the desires of our hearts. We will want what He wants. We will want His closeness, and the desire of our hearts will be to hear Him say to us, “Well done.” And when that day comes, He will flood us with more joy that we can imagine. He will say, “Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21, 23).
I don’t know about you, but I sure hope to hear those words someday when I enter eternity. If the actuary tables are correct I’m over halfway there - so why do I live as if I have all the time in the world? As I reflect on my 46 years on this earth, I can say without reservation my happiest moments have all revolved around times when I was walking closest to my Savior. There’s no time to waste - let’s delight in the Lord today, and every day!