Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Treasure of Faith That Delights our Souls

“And without faith it is impossible to please him...”
One of the treasures of a daily time with God in his word and prayer is the experience of finding gems of wisdom and knowledge that are exposed simply because of digging where we left off the previous day. When a new jewel is found, and placed in the mosaic of treasures already collected, each gem seems to increase in the depths of its beauty.

And so it is that this treasure, that without faith it is impossible to please our Creator, has become a gift of grace that is bursting my heart with wonder that something could be so gloriously beautiful as that.

What this reveals to me, in the treasure chest of all the surrounding gems, is that our Father in heaven is most pleased in his relationship with us when we want to be with him. That is what faith is, the settled desire to be with God.

That being with God our Creator is even possible is reason enough for joy unspeakable and full of glory. However, that there is the distinctive color of the spectrum in these treasures that he WANTS to be with us is the gift that leads us into his presence where there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.

Today, my digging in the quarry unearthed a jewel that became brilliant in its beauty as it shone in the light of the whole gallery of gems. It was the simple realization that the truth of God WANTING to have children began before time was created. Somewhere and somehow in eternity, the Triune God shared their desire to have children. However the eternal God interacted together, they designed and determined the only way it would work.

When I look at the whole beautiful description of creation, and the unfolding plan of redemption, and the victorious work of Jesus our Savior, and the good news of great joy that calls sinners to repentance and faith, and the Spirit of the Triune dwelling in the people of God, all to bring us into a faith that wants to be with them, I cannot deny the evidence that our Father who is in heaven wants to be with his children on earth.

It is amazing how this realization washes away the attachment-pain of people not wanting to be with me (a work in progress). It is amazing how considering this brings such a peaceful desire to be with God as our Father in heaven. He is not an angry God I need to appease by my good behavior, but a desiring God who WANTS me to be with him. It pleases him when I delight myself in him so he can satisfy me with the very thing my heart most desires, to be attached to my Creator.

I share this because I want everyone to know what it is like to spend time in God’s word and prayer like a quarry full of treasures just waiting for those who will ask until they receive, seek until they find, and knock until these doors of delight open to them. The God who created us wants to be with his children. And he wants us to find our greatest joy in wanting to be with him.

God’s promise to us is that, “he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”[1] If you see in your heart any longing for your Creator at all, open the quarry of his word, the life-giving Book we call the Bible, and let him satisfy your soul as never before.

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

[1] Psalm 107:9

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