It’s fascinating to me to think about just how great God is and how much we fall short of understanding what He wants from us. I was reading in A. W. Tozer’s book (The Attributes of God: A Journey into the Father’s Heart (aff)) and I was really struck by a passage tonight that talked about how Christians try to find happiness in the wrong place.
You see, God wants us to find happiness– completeness– in Him alone. We have a shrine in our heart that only He can fill, and yet we try to fill it with other things. Tozer has a passage in his book where he talks about what we tend to do in our everyday Christian life.
You see, we tend to seek happiness in
- A Good Job and God
- A Happy Marriage and God
- Good Children and God
and the list goes on and on. What God wants from us is to find our joy and happiness in Him. After we’ve done that, He may give us things or take things away and we will still be content and happy in Him.
It’s easy to prove that this is his goal– just look at the life of Abraham, Job, or any other person that held something closer to themselves than God alone. God wants to be the only thing in our lives to get worship. In that way He is jealous– and yet it is He that gives us all things.
Wow. It’s just amazing to think about and difficult to practice.