September 22, 2012
For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him? (Ecclesiastes 2:25).
READ: 1 Chronicles 16:8-36
The crew of an international airline that makes a daily flight to Uganda stay at a hotel down the street from my home. During their 24 hours in the country, many of them visit my organisation, Tukutana, and spend time with children in our programmes. The guests often bring gifts. This past Friday, though, two women came empty handed. Instead of distributing presents, they played games with the children and taught them songs from their native countries. After their time together ended, a 13 year old girl, Irene, said to me, “Auntie Rox, those were our best visitors!” “Why did you like them so much?” I asked. “Because,” Irene exclaimed, “they enjoyed us!” Irene’s comment prompted me to think immediately of the quote that declares, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” Like Irene, the Lord desires our fellowship with Him more than our works and gifts for Him. He wants us to delight in Him alone. To enjoy God we must “search for [Him] and for His strength” and “continually seek Him” (1 Chronicles 16:11). By doing so we can find deep satisfaction in His character, His love and His attributes. We are also to abide faithfully in what Scripture has taught us and thus “remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father”. Then we will enjoy Him and “the eternal life He promised us” (1 John 2:24-25). As we enjoy God and “recognise that the Lord is glorious and strong,” we will “give to the Lord the glory He deserves!” (1 Chr. 16:28-29). Indeed, whether rich or poor, “All who seek the Lord will praise Him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy” (Psalm 22:26). Today let’s “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34). —Roxanne Robbins
Spend 20 minutes seeking the Lord through prayer and Bible study and then list the ways you enjoyed Him. What happens to our faith when we enjoy God?