May 23, 2007 by Stacy McDonald

And Enjoy God Forever!

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They changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Romans 1:25

I think we’re just too blessed. Yep, that’s it. We have too much stuff, too much comfort, and too much pleasure for our own good. Why is it that when we are living the easy life, we forget God?

Perhaps that’s why those who go through trials and persecution say they wouldn’t trade that precious time with God for the world!

Imagine making a special gift for your child. After adding all your personal touches and wrapping it up in pretty paper, you hand it to him. Barely saying thank you, he runs off to another room to enjoy his gift without you.

You walk into the room to spend time with him while he enjoys his gift, but he doesn’t seem to notice you’re there. You call to him, but he tells you he’s too busy taking care of this gift you gave him to talk right now. Sadly, you watch and wonder if you should have given him any gift at all. When he had nothing, he was satisfied with just having you.

God has given us so many gifts for which to be thankful. His creation abounds with proof of His love for us. Aside from the beauty and bounty supplied in nature, He gives us shelter and provision. Most of us have comfortable homes to enjoy, families and friends to love, good books to benefit from, healthy and delicious food to eat, music and art to enrich our lives, and the list goes on.Yet, how many times do we spend time enjoying our gifts while neglecting to enjoy God?
Gifts are good. After all, God certainly knows how to give good gifts to His children. (Matthew 7:11) But, are we taking our gifts into another room to enjoy them alone?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, question #1 asks, “What is the primary purpose of man?” The answer: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

You see, the world preaches a different gospel. “Glorify yourself and enjoy life,” They declare! In their finer moments, they may even tolerate a few head nods to the Creator, but, the focus is getting all you can while you can get it and looking good while doing it. In the midst of it, if there’s room for a few moments with God (any “god”) then that’s ok too – because being tolerant is cool!

But, what does this offer us? We hunger after good food and we become overweight gluttons. We focus on being thin and we become anorexic or bulimic. We hunger after sex and we become obsessed and never satisfied. We chase after knowledge and we confirm our foolishness. We thirst for money and we become emotionally bankrupt. If we pursue the wind, can we ever capture it?

Eating is good. Sex is a gift from God. Knowledge is valuable. Money is necessary. So, what’s the problem?

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

When we focus on enjoying life, rather than God, we are left empty and constantly starved for more. We’re never filled; never satisfied. But, when we focus on glorifying and enjoying God, we are not only satisfied, we are also truly able to enjoy His gifts.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

What are you hungering and thirsting after today?



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3 Responses to “And Enjoy God Forever!”

  1. Laura says:

    Excellent post Stacy!
    Nice to hear from you again.
    Praying for Christa on this day.
    Blessings,
    Mrs. Dumais

  2. Mrs. June Fuentes says:

    These are my sentiments exactly! I could not agree with you more. I just posted a similar post in regards to raising sons this morning and how we are training them to love pleasure and comfort when instead we should be training them to be the next godly leaders and martyrs for the Lord.

    I also put a post up of your family, you can view it at ‘A Wise Women Builds Her Home’. It was about my encounter with you at Liberty Day. You were so friendly inviting me to your church and asking if my family would like to stay in the church basement. How refreshing an offer of hospitality is! We still might take you up on it! Here is the the blogsite:

    http://www.proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com

    We are also on the front page of Ladies Against Feminism. Have a great week and many showers of blessings on the McDonald family!

    In Christ,
    Mrs. June Fuentes

  3. By His Grace says:

    Staci,
    Thanks you for the encouraging reminder to keep our focus on glorifying God as our primary purpose. How easily we get off track.
    By His Grace
    Diane Erney

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