A boy was asked by his Sunday School teacher, “What has a shell, moves slowly, and lives in ponds?”
The boy answered, “I want to say turtle, but we’re in Sunday School so the answer must be Jesus.”
If you’ve been reading my writings for awhile then you know what the right answer is when I ask the question, “What should be the greatest source of satisfaction in life?”
Yes, you’re right. God is the answer. What I’ve discovered, however, is that knowing the right answer is one thing, but applying that right answer is often quite another.
We know how to eat healthy, but we don’t necessarily do so. We know some ways on how to handle our money in a responsible way, but we don’t always carry through on implementing those principles. Similarly, we may know that our greatest satisfaction in life should be God, but that doesn’t necessarily make it so.
We can find great satisfaction in many ways: good food, making money, spending money, sports, movies, friends, gardening, hunting, boating, crocheting, family, career advancement, travel, and countless other ways. These can be good, especially when we’re grateful to God for them. They can be good, but they aren’t to be the best!
I’m reading a book by Wayne Grudem in which he states of God, “To be in his presence, to enjoy fellowship with him, is a greater blessing than anything that can be imagined.” (Systematic Theology, p. 441) When you really stop and think about it, how can we view God as boring or irrelevant? He is, by very definition, infinitely powerful, wise, loving, beautiful, and a host of other infinite attributes. What could be more amazing and awesome than God?
I’ve determined to be intentional about thinking of God a lot every day, reaching out to Him in prayer many times throughout each day, and depending upon His help and direction every step of the way. Yes, I want to enjoy the good things life can offer, but my goal is to delight in God most of all. You too?
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11) “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” (Psalm 73:25)