What Does Your Suffering Say About Your God?

The following is a lightly edited transcript.

To pursue joy in God himself as your supreme treasure and your all-satisfying pleasure exalts the beauty and worth of God, not you. Think of it. You’re desperate, you’re empty, you’re helpless, you’re hungry, and you’re going to grind your teeth with a weapon and pursue joy in him at any cost. That makes him look really good! Really good!

“When our joy is joy in God, the pursuit of it is not arrogant. It’s humble.”

I mean, when those folks in Hebrews 10:34 looked over their shoulder and saw their house being trashed and started to sing,

Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also.
The body they may kill,
God’s truth abideth still!

Who looked good at that moment? God did because he satisfied the soul. Joy is joy in God. The pursuit of it is not arrogant. It’s humble. The pursuit of it doesn’t magnify you. It magnifies your treasure. This is not a prescription for a community of people absorbed with themselves. It’s the opposite.

You’re absorbed with God! You’re pursuing God! You’re loving God! You’re being satisfied with God! You’re listening to God! You’re following God! You’re obeying God! You’re singing to God, and he’s showing up in power and making everything different.

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