For the past year, I have been singing “God, You’re So Good” over and over again in the car, at work, in the shower, and as I go to sleep.
Growing up in church, I have known that God is the definition of “good” and loves us as a father would. I can honestly say that God has showcased His goodness in my life. Yet, somehow, I sometimes would call him a “Good Father” while internally viewing Him as a dictator waiting for me to make the wrong move.
When you look around the world, it is so easy to see all the bad things happening each and every day. However, we cannot use the world as a scale of who God is.
Whenever things are going good in my life, I am sometimes unable to enjoy the moment because I begin to wait around every corner for something to go wrong. I feel I do not deserve this much good in my life, and one small mistake will lead to me losing it all.
The anxiety of it all is a horrible way to live and not at all what our loving Father intended for us.
God reached down to my anxious heart and said, “I delight in YOU.”
To delight means to experience “great pleasure in.”
Like an earthly father, our Heavenly Father experiences great pleasure in blessing us.
“‘But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 9:24 (NIV)
When I had my son, the things that brought me joy changed. My husband and I talked about how life had a whole other meaning now that we had this sweet boy.
Beach trips were no longer about us two laying on the beach together. We would find joy in watching him experience a pool for the first time or building his first sand castle.
With both of us loving sports, we talked about how we could not wait until our weekends were busy bringing him to his ball games.
Immediately, we discussed opening a savings account to give him the best future possible.
Instead of the many selfish endeavors that brought us joy before, we now find pleasure in giving Levi the best life possible and seeing joy in his life.
Just like this, God delights in giving us a good life. He wants to show us mercy, love, joy, freedom and so forth.
“If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.” Numbers 14:8 (KJV)
However, God also delights in communing with us and wants a relationship as father and child. My responsibility is to maintain my part of that relationship.
As a parent, my hope is that as my son grows up he will come to me when something good happens in his life so we can share the excitement and joy together. I also hope when things are bad he can come to me for advice, love and strength through the hard times.
God wants to be a father to us in all ways. He delights in hearing from us when good happens and through the bad.
So why do we experience bad things with a loving Father on our side?
The answer is simple - sin. Our sin can separate us from the blessings of God
I know there will come a day when my son disobeys me or wants nothing to do with me. I will find no pleasure in disciplining him or perhaps seeing him be crushed by life and the world when he leaves home.
God will never force you to spend time with him, but He cannot fully bless us when we are walking outside of His will just like I cannot shield my son once he leaves home. However, the beauty of being His child is that the Father is always ready to take us back home and wrap us in blessings.
The biggest reward as a mother is seeing my son look up at me with such joy and love in return. It is in those moments I know I am doing this motherhood thing right. This is also the Lord’s desire.
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalms 147:11 (ESV)
Let the good times and the bad draw us closer to our Heavenly Father who loves us beyond imagining. May we embrace the ways He delights in us, and may we learn to delight in Him in return.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4 (KJV)