A Rare Introspective Moment about Enjoying God

Those who know me know that I’m not the most introspective person around. Writing for this blog has actually been good for me in this regard. Unlike my husband, I don’t naturally take time to think hard about and reflect on my life or other subjects. I like to move, get stuff done, be busy, and check off items on my to-do list each day. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to think and reflect.

Recently, I read Keith’s post with a link to some New Year’s reflection questions, though. The first one on the list was, “What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?”

Ever since I read that question about a week ago, I’ve been rolling it around in my head. Here was my thought process when I initially read it. Do I love God? Yes. Do I like serving God? Yes. Do I spend intentional time with him daily? I try (sometimes unsuccessfully.) Do I enjoy Him? Hmmm. I just don’t think about my relationship with God in that way very often.

John Piper–putting a little twist on the Westminster Catechism’s answer to the first question, “what’s the chief end of man?”–says that, “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” Well, if that is the case…if my purpose in life is to glorify God by enjoying Him…then, I better start thinking about God in this way more often.

With all of this in mind, I did a little investigation into the biblical idea of enjoying God. There are several places throughout the Bible where we see an overt invitation to enjoy Him. I’ve just scraped the surface, but here are a few (emphases are my own):

Psalm 34:8,
”Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

John 15:9-11, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

So, I asked myself, “when do I enjoy God the most and how can I do that more?” Here are a few rare introspective thoughts I’ve had about this topic:

– I enjoy God most when I truly see my need for God–when I’m honest about who I am and when I take the time to reflect on my sin. This may seem counterintuitive at first, but it’s not. How can I enjoy God unless I recognize my dependence on him and His grace? The Valley of Vision prayers have been helpful to me recently in this regard.

– I enjoy God most when I have uninterrupted time with Him. For me, that’s in the early morning with a great cup of coffee and my Bible. I love the stillness of morning. My mind is sharper, my body is rested, and my soul feels ready to soak up God’s truth. For that to happen, I’m working on going to bed earlier at night.

– I enjoy God most when I hear and see what God is doing in other people’s lives. It’s a reminder to me that He is at work in this broken world and in our broken lives. Dan Hanneken, a member of our church, shared his life story in church on Sunday, Dec. 30th. It was incredibly encouraging to hear about the redeeming work of Christ in his life. You can listen to it here.

– I enjoy God most when my life isn’t frantic—when I have time on most days to spend time with Him, relax at least for a little bit, spend time with my family, and exercise (i.e. take care of my body.) It’s hard to enjoy God when I feel like I’m hurrying around from one thing to the next. So, I’m trying to balance my life in such a way in which I’m not overly busy each day. (Note: This isn’t easy, but it’s something I know I’ve got to make a priority for the sake of my relationship with God and my family.)

So, how will you seek to enjoy God more this year? I’d be interested to know any of your thoughts. Please feel free to comment.

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