Joy

I read a great book on the Trinity recently I won’t try to get into today.  But, in short, the book said that if God is love, God must be Trinity, because to love means there must be more than one “person” there.  The Trinity is at its core the beauty of the relationship between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  God has always been love.

What does this all mean?  God didn’t create us as humans because He was lonely or “needed” us.  To say that would mean that God was incomplete without us.  God doesn’t “need” us.  But, God is love.  God desires us.  We give God pleasure.  God being love means that our very being and our creation is an outgrowth of God’s love.

Basically, we give God good pleasure.  I was thinking about this as I read 2 Samuel 12: 20 – 22 this morning.  Listen to what it says:

20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; 21 and do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save, for they are useless. 22 For the LORD will not cast away his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.

cross-1177327_1920Samuel is talking to the people about their sin and he tells them, if you return, the LORD will forgive and restore.  But the reason why is not because the people are perfect and blameless, they are not.  The reason is because it pleased the LORD.

It gives God joy to see you faithful.  It gives God joy to see you ask for forgiveness and return to Him.  It gives God joy to see you worship.  Read the Word.  Pray.  Seek His face.

Your faithfulness, it gives God joy.

That’s the beauty of a walk with God.  It gives us joy.  And it gives Him joy.

We should be the happiest (or most joyful) of all people!  We are loved by God, we are forgiven, we are restored, we are alive.

Goodness, life is good!

Don’t forget that!  Live in the goodness of God.  Live in the joy God.  Feel His glory upon you.  And know that as you and I are faithful, it pleases the LORD!

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