Glory, glory, glory

You know the feeling when you have that perfect day? Where the breeze cools you off just when you start to sweat, the sun sets rosy golden and your friends sit around your table laughing and passing around delicious food? It seems like perfect days float around in the ephemeral just out of reach. It’s not until you happen to stumble upon one that a perfect day graces you with its perfectness. What is it about those days that strike us as perfect? I think it has to do with what we’re really looking for in life.

Satisfaction.

That’s what we’re really after. A satisfying moment, or day, or meal, or life. I find myself not just looking for the satisfaction that a perfect day presents, but I look for it in everyday places. I look for it in my husband’s approval of the chores I accomplished today, or in the newly decorated room, or in how I put together a sentence. I find myself searching for satisfaction in every nook and cranny of my day. Hunting it down to stuff it inside of my heart to hold me over until the next day’s hunt.

Because really we were made for satisfaction. Go back to Genesis with me where Adam and Eve were gloriously created and crowned as God’s image bearers. They were given something that completely satisfied them in the garden — the glory of God. Romans 1.21-23 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him… Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” Adam and Eve gave up God’s glory for what they thought would really satisfy them.

Is it any surprise that we still do that today?

God’s glory is meant to satisfy us. What?! It seems like such a crazy thing to say. So let’s break it down. There are three kinds of glory that often gets thrown around in Church: The glory of God, His majesty. The glory to God, giving Him praise in worship. And the glory from God, which is given to us and satisfies us.

Where are you looking for satisfaction today?

Many people wander for a long time going from fancy car to fancy jewelry, from fix to fix, ping ponging from pleasure to wealth, security to approval desperately seeking satisfaction. Ever since the garden we’re in search for what humanity first gave up, the satisfaction of God’s glory. On our own we’ll never be able to truly satisfy that yearning. And the things of this world don’t have what it takes to satisfy our thirsty thirsty souls.

So where does that leave us?

Colossians 1.27 says, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

glory

The gospel. Christ in you. The hope of glory.

Today if you admit that you’re like Adam and Eve, a sinner exchanging the glory of God for things of this world, and embrace Christ as your Savior, restoring you to right relationship with God, you will be satisfied beyond belief. God will pour His glory into your heart, making you wonder why you didn’t run to Him sooner. And He wants to keep pouring glory into your life, day by day, satisfying you with Himself.

If you are searching today for satisfaction I hope you stop here. Because it’s here at the gospel that our hearts can drink deep of God’s glory and finally find what they were meant for: receiving glory from God and giving glory to God.

And if today you’re like me, who so often wanders away from God seeking satisfaction in the “perfect day” or the job well done, let’s recenter our hearts on the gospel. Let’s give God thanks for what He’s done and praise for His goodness.

Let’s drink deep of His glory.

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