Heavenly Enjoyment

“We shall never enjoy ourselves fully till we enjoy God eternally.” Thomas Watson

BTW note: Watson’s point is less about ‘how much do you enjoy God: a little or a lot?’ The comparison point is ‘now or in eternity’ He’s saying we don’t really enjoy life to its fullest until we are in heaven enjoy God forever. He’s especially offering this insight to those who are struggling and suffering in this life.

Panic Displeases God

“Panic displeases God. Fear is a matter of the heart, and our reigning King cares deeply and especially about our hearts, since it is from them that everything else issues (see Matthew 12: 33– 37; Mark 7: 20– 23). God cares about why we do something at least as much as he cares about what we do. Psalm 97 reminds us that, deep down, the fundamental tone of our lives must be joyful confidence in God’s sovereign reign, not fear: “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. . . . Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.” (Psalm 97: 1, 12, emphasis added). When I choose political and social action because I am afraid, even if I can justify that action from Scripture, I am denying God at a deep level. I am acting from unbelief. I am taking his majestic name in vain.” -Charles Drew

Leisure is Good

“Leisure is the condition of considering things in a celebrating spirit… Leisure lives on affirmation. It is not the same as the absence of activity… It is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which is fed by their oneness… And as it is written in the Scriptures, God saw, when ‘he rested from all the works that He had made’ that everything was good, very good (Gen. 1:31), just so the leisure of man includes within itself a celebratory, approving, lingering gaze of the inner eye on the reality of creation.” -Francis Pieper

Creation is to be Enjoyed

“Did God create food only to provide for necessity and not also for delight and good cheer? So too the purpose of clothing apart from necessity was comeliness and decency. In grasses, trees, and fruits,  apart from their various uses, there is beauty of appearance and pleasantness of fragrance… Did he not, in short, render many things attractive to us, apart from their necessary use.” -John Calvin