I was pondering our barbershop conversations on the way home from getting our hair cut, and I asked my son a question, “What’s the purpose and meaning of life?” After dancing around with some simple Sunday-school answers, he finally arrived at man’s chief end. [Westminster Shorter Catechism Question #1 – What is man’s chief end? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.]

My follow-up question was, “What does it mean to enjoy God?”

He allowed himself to become absorbed in his Nintendo 3DS and didn’t answer. So I pressed him a little bit. “To enjoy God means to delight in Him, just like you are doing with your 3DS. You are delighting in the challenge of the game. You are delighting in the adventures of Mario. The 3D graphics are stimulating. It is the same with God.”

“We are to delight in God by delighting in His graphics.” Consider all of the wonders of creation. For example, this morning the annual migration of robins stopped in our neighborhood. In years past we have had hundreds of robins on our street. This morning we had about 15 by our mailbox. How amazing that God designed these birds with instincts to migrate just ahead of warm fronts that cause earthworms to leave their burrows or drown in the rains to come.

“We are to delight in God by delighting in His adventures.” God’s providence accounts for all things that come to pass. In fact, the very definition of providence, according to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, is God’s most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing of all his creatures and all their actions. So when we consider the course of our lives, we should be amazed at how God has laid out the course of history, even to the smallest detail, for His people’s good. (See Romans 8:29)

“We are to delight in God by delighting in even the challenges of this life.” Just as God has ordained whatsoever comes to pass, He has also ordained that his people would undergo trials of various kinds. And the reason God puts his people through challenges is to strengthen faith (James 1:3) and to purify our hearts (Malachi 3:3).

James 1:2-3: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Malachi 3:3: He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.

What divine adventures, challenges, and graphics are coming your way? These are some of the means by which God enables us to enjoy Him.