"Whom I have in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, my spirit may grow weak, but God remains strength of my heart; he is mine forever."
Joy is something we try to find in many different things. We attempt to find it in success, career, money, relationships, health, or friendships. However, when we pursue joy in these things, we always come up empty.
The fact that we cannot be satisfied and eternally joyful by anything to be found in this world proves that we were created for something other than this world. God created us to desire joy and to find it. But, he created us to find it in him.
Jesus is the only thing that can bring us supreme joy. The truth is: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. When we are satisfied in God and our relationship with him, we can have full joy. God created us to know him, to love him, and to glorify him.
Here’s a common rebuttal: “Isn’t God creating us to worship and glorify him make him prideful?”
Here’s the answer: No.
God creating us to glorify him is how he is able to best love us. God knows that when we glorify him, we are most joyful. Therefore, the opportunity to glorify God and enjoy him forever is the only thing that we will ever bring us supreme joy.
God made a way for us to enjoy him and to love him most by glorifying him.
So the final question is: “How do I glorify God with my life?”
Here are a few different things you can do today that will start a path of glorifying God:
• Talk to God.
• Listen to God and do what he says.
• Tell someone what Jesus has done in your life.
• Invite someone to church this Sunday.
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him – in the midst of ALL circumstances because Jesus is the strength of our hearts.
When Jesus is the joy and strength of our hearts, nothing can stop us from loving, enjoying, and glorifying God forever.
Eric Armonaitis loves writing devotions. After the Fall Growth Groups are finished, you will be able to find more devotions that he and other leaders write atJourneyNYC.com/Devotions as well as the current I QUIT! devotions.