How to enjoy God
If you lay gold in the dust… the Almighty will be your gold… and then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God. Job 22:24-26
Eliphaz was the sort of friend Job could have done without; he was adamant that someone couldn’t possibly suffer as much as Job suffered for nothing – Job must have done something wrong. Eliphaz was completely wrong about Job but none the less his words give us real insight into how to delight in God.
If you lay gold in the dust the Almighty will be your gold and you will delight in him. In other words, Where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Matt 6:21 or, If he is your treasure, he will be your pleasure.
Job was very rich but by chapter 1 verse 21 he has practically nothing. But Job loved God more than riches, so he could say:
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21
By chapter 2 verse 10 it’s also evident that Job loved God more than his health.
God is Job’s gold.
How do we delight in, enjoy, be satisfied in God?
Satisfaction in God is satisfaction in a person. God is a person - a person to be enjoyed.
Rejoice in the Lord. Phil 4:4
Delight yourself in the Lord. Ps 37:4
In your presence is fullness of joy. Ps 16:11
Sinners, to put it bluntly, get incinerated if they get too close to God! Jesus had to die to make it possible for us to get close to God – a person.
Christ also suffered once for sins that he might bring us to God. 1 Pet 3:18
When I think of God; his perfection and holiness, my mind makes him into something less than a person – I doubt he has a sense of humour, I doubt he ever laughs or has fun. Somehow, being perfect seems characterless when, in fact, it is the basis of being the most awesome character there is.
We are made in God’s image; he is everything we are which is good. Imagine the kindest, wisest, most patient, happiest, most intelligent, strongest, most compassionate, most articulate, most generous person you know, with the best sense of humour. Combine them into one and increase to perfection and you have a hint at the person God is.
Is enjoying God his ultimate command?
The old catechism says yes: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. Is it correct?
I know God’s ultimate command is to enjoy him because he commands me to love him.
The first commandment is to love God. We have a habit of thinking of love as deeds; of thinking that to love someone is to do things for them.
The essence of love is not doing, it is delighting. The Almighty will be your gold is delighting, not doing. We delight in gold – we don’t do something for it.
Jesus says, If you love me, keep my commandments, and the Bible sums up the commandments which we are to keep as, “Love God and love your neighbour” - love not do.
I know God’s ultimate command is to enjoy him because he commands me to love others.
The second command “love your neighbour” is the overflow of our delighting in God. Look at this verse about the people of Macedonia:
In a severe test of affliction their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity. 2 Cor 8:3
Their joy overflowed in generosity.
This is not joy in prosperity: they were in poverty.
This is not joy in comforts or ease: they were suffering affliction.
It is joy in God which overflowed in love to others.
I know God’s ultimate command is to love him because my purpose is to glorify him. (Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Cor 10:31)
I can understand that my husband is glorified in me when I am satisfied in him, delighting in him and enjoying being with him.
Likewise, God is glorified in me when I am satisfied in God, delighting in God and enjoying being with God.
So, lay gold in the dust… the Almighty will be your gold… and then you will delight yourself in the Almighty. Job 22:24-26
Thoughts taken from John Piper on ‘What is it like to enjoy God?’