In his book, The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard writes:
“To his eyes this is a God-breathed and God-permeated world. It is a world filled with a glorious reality, where every component is within the range of God’s direct knowledge and control – though he obviously permits some of it, for good reasons, to be for a while otherwise than he wishes. It is a world that is inconceivably beautiful and good because of God and because God is always in it. It is a world in which God is continually at play and over which he constantly rejoices. Until our thoughts of God have found every visible thing and event glorious with his presence, the word of Jesus has not yet fully seized us.”
“We should, to begin with, think that God leads a very interesting life, and that he is full of joy. Undoubtedly he is the most joyous being in the universe…All of the good and beautiful things from which we occasionally drink tiny droplets of soul-exhilarating joy, God continuously experiences in all their breadth and depth and richness.”
“God sees [indescribable beauty] all the time. He sees it, experiences it, knows it from every possible point of view, this and billions of others scenes like and unlike it, in this and billions of other worlds. Great tidal waves of joy must constantly wash through his being.”
“Jesus himself was and is a joyous, creative person. He does not allow us to continue thinking of our Father who fills and overflows space as a morose and miserable monarch, a frustrated and petty parent or a policeman on the prowl….It is deeply illuminating of kingdom living to understand that his steady happiness was not ruled out by his experience of sorrow and even grief.”
Do you think of God this way? Do you share in his abundant joy as you live your daily life?
I’d love to say I always do, but it simply isn’t the case.
It’s easy for me to fall back into old paradigms of about who God is and make life more about surviving than thriving. Joy? Not always. Perhaps you can relate.
Most of us have some baggage to shed when it comes to our view of God. It’s so important that we learn to see him as he really is – not the way our fallen minds have made him out to be or the way he’s been falsely portrayed by others.
Our image of God sets the course for how we relate to him, others, ourselves, and the world. It’s a big deal. God wants us to know him as he really is.
In a very real sense, we become what we behold. Since Jesus is the clearest revelation of who God is (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15), it benefits us to get to know the person of Christ and meditate on his teachings.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
I want to see and reflect God as he really is so that I become more like him – abundant joy and all. How about you?