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Are You Enjoying God?
Do you enjoy God? No, really. Do you actually enjoy God?
Your immediate answer may be “Of course, it’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship!” That’s true indeed. But we have to accept the fact that there’s often a pretty broad gap between what we should experience and what we actually experience. So, I’ll ask you again, “Do you really enjoy God?”
Enjoying God: Experience The Power And Love Of God In Everyday Life by Tim Chester helps us consider our experience and enjoyment of our triune God in everyday life. Chester reminds us that whether our children are throwing tantrums or loneliness is making its dismal presence felt again, we can still enjoy God.
That seems impossible unless you’re one of the exceptionally strong Christians, doesn’t it?
God is Enjoyable
At the heart of Enjoying God is the fact that Christians can truly know God and experience His presence in daily life. God is known in the three Persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We experience Him as we interact with each Person of the Triune Godhead. By faith, all believers are connected to God through the work of Christ, and this union with Christ leads to daily communion with Him. The more time we spend in communion with God, the more we will experience and enjoy Him.
BBQ Grills vs. Smokers
As a huge fan of good barbecue, I prefer the smoker to the grill. Grills are fast, easy, and make amazing barbecue. You can throw on a slab of ribs, some hamburgers and hotdogs, and some juicy steaks and have it ready in a matter of an hour or two.
Grilling never compares to a brisket that has been smoked to perfection for 18 hours over some hickory or applewood! That kind of melt-in-your-mouth meat carries the rich flavor of smoke, seasoning, and juices that can hardly be matched on a grill!
Enjoying God is a book that calls us to slow down. Each chapter has some practical application that could require a week (or more) to put into practice. As the type who loves to plow through a book in a few days or a couple weeks, at most, I benefitted from slowing down and savoring each chapter and each topic of application.
Some books are perfect for reading in a day or two. Enjoying God is not one of them. It’s like smoking a good brisket and needs time to be pondered over for a season as you apply the action steps and learn to enjoy God more.
You Could Benefit From Enjoying God
Obviously, you don’t need this book to enjoy God, but could you benefit from taking a season to read through this book, search the scriptures, and commune with God? The holidays are approaching, and the hustle and bustle of this season can tempt you to put your devotional life on hold. Don't give Christ your holiday leftovers this year.
What if during your time off from work, you used some of that free time to read and pray more? What if your Advent devotional time (more to come on Advent soon!) could be used to enjoy God more this December? Enjoying God can be a good catalyst to help you cap off 2018 and start 2019 in deep communion with the Lord.
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Chrys Jones is a Christian, husband, father of three, pastor, and teacher. He is also a recording artist and producer for Christcentric Records and a book briefer for Accelerate Books. In his free time, Chrys loves to spend time with his family, roast coffee, read good books, and listen to beat tapes and jazz.