Yesterday I read that The Shorter Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” My husband tells me John Piper takes it a bit further, saying, “by enjoying him forever.”
I nod a resounding yes.
Later, I listened to a sermon I’ve had in my podcasts, and the pastor quoted a long passage by George Mueller… one which essentially said that among all pursuits, we must chase our soul’s happiness in God.
Again, I nod a resounding yes, because I’ve had a crazy few years, and there’s something all the broken is leading me to, and it’s this:
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever,” (Isaiah 40:8).
And in Psalm 1 God promises that those whose delight is in the law of the Lord will be like a tree “planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither.”
I’ve seen that the enemy of our soul would love to steal all our HOPE. He’d love to ravage our JOY. To strip us of PEACE.
Because these are the fruits of a life drawing its nourishment from the Word of God. These are the promises of Scripture.
And these are how we glorify Him.
Enjoying Him forever.
If we’re not deeply rooted in the Word, we will be “children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine,” Ephesians 4:14.
When the storms come, we will fall. The foundation of our lives revealed.
And I want to succeed at life – whatever it is God has planned. There’s not one detail hidden from Him. Not one surprise. And He promises that we can have this Hope, Joy and Peace every step of the way.
And it isn’t selfish to chase these promises, because in this we’re running after Him.
Water to our thirst.
Food to our hunger.
Satisfaction to our every need.
Why would we pursue anything else? Because all else will fail. All else will pass away.
Yesterday, I also read that George MacDonald said, “The care that is filling your mind at this moment…that need which is no need, is a demon sucking at the spring of your life.”
And Jesus already said it. The seed that falls by the wayside is the Word of God and it will be choked out by the cares and concerns of this life. Those worries, those fears, just “a demon sucking at the spring of your life.”
Don’t let the enemy steal your Hope. Your joy. Your peace.
Own them, by pulling out the Word of God.
Let Him saturate your life.
Find Him to be all you need.
And right there, you’ll find yourself living.
Real living – your chief end – to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. To glorify God by enjoying Him forever.
And with me, you’ll nod your head, a resounding yes.
On a pursuit which surpasses all others – our soul’s happiness in God, resting on a tested foundation. Our soul standing strong on the rock of our salvation.