In this third post of the ABIDING DELIGHT series, Robin gives a poignant example of what it means to find true, deep, satisfying delight in Christ.
The Bible commands us time and time again to be joyful. Psalm 37:4-5 says: “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart; Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” These verses explicitly tell us to “delight ourselves in Him” and to “rejoice always”. But how exactly do we do this? Isn’t happiness just an emotion that we can’t control at will? Why, then, does the Bible command it? The reason is that joy does not come from us, or from our circumstances, or from mere chemical reactions in our brains. Our joy comes from a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
When I look back, the times when I was the most satisfied, the most joyful, and the most delighted were the times when I was deeply rooted in God’s Word. Regardless of my current circumstances, my joy in the Lord was unquenchable. But whenever I strayed from scripture, my joy plummeted.
God has been teaching me this over the past few months. Back in August, I tried something I had never tried before: going to a public school.
After being surrounded with godly parents, friends, and classmates my entire life, it was quite a change. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the new environment was affecting me. Seeing so many people who relied on material things as the basis of their happiness started to change my attitude. I started to worry more about what people thought about me, and I was so immersed in the busyness of everyday life that I began to forget about delighting in God. There were days when I was feeling hopeless. I asked God, “Why do I feel this way?” I slowly started to realize the answer. I was relying on things other than Jesus to bring me happiness. I was losing my focus.
To have true joy, we must know Him well. To know Him well, we must spend time in the Word. We must pray. We must reject the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2) and rely wholly on Jesus. When we don’t rely on Jesus, we are sinning because we aren’t glorifying Him. We are saying that the world is better than our Savior.
Oh, dear friend, don’t fall into the tempting trap of putting your joy in worldly, fleeting pleasures. The world can never satisfy you, even when it seems like it will. Choosing sin may give you happiness in the moment, but if you choose to delight in Him, you will find deep, soul-satisfying joy that you cannot find anywhere else.
It’s a battle every day. Choosing to delight in Him is not easy. But when we make that choice, we will find deep satisfaction. Our souls crave to have a relationship with the Creator, to delight in Him, but our sinful nature will try to ignore that craving. Don’t ignore it. Fight, dear friend. You will not regret it.
Robin Meeks is a homeschooled young author who lives in northern Georgia with her parents and three younger sisters. She has a passion to glorify God in everything she does, including one day publishing a book. In addition to writing, she loves drawing, playing volleyball, and singing.
You can find her blog at robinmeeks.net.