2. Longing to Be Fascinated by God
When we appreciate a landscape, the sunset, a canyon, the stars, the moon, the sea, we are fascinated by the beauty before our eyes.
Imagine, what it would be like to catch a glimpse of the creator of all these things, see how some people described God when they had a vision of Him in the Bible.
And the four beasts had, each one by itself, six wings, and around, and within, they were full of eyes; and they rest not day or night, saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come. Revelation 4:8
Seraphim were above him; each had six wings; with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And they cried out to one another, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:2,3
When we read these two texts from the Bible, we can wonder how fascinated the authors were when they had these visions about God.
God created us with a need to be fascinated. In every human spirit there is a desire to be amazed.
God has placed a sense of wonder at the center of our structure.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
Let's look at some aspects of this yearning to be fascinated :
1) Our desire to be fascinated can only be satisfied in God
Satan has falsified the idea of being fascinated by things that do not actually satisfy this desire to be fascinated, he uses this falsification to destroy the human heart, generating dependence, addictions, depression and many other evils.
For a boy was born, a son was given to us, and the principality is on his shoulders, and his name will be called: Wonderful , Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Wonderful means that only He can fill the hearts of His people with wonder.
2) Overcoming Spiritual Boredom
But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for those who love him. But God revealed them to us by his Spirit; because the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
For who among men knows the things of a man, save the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one knows the things of God, except the Spirit of God. But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know what is freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12
Our God calls us to find His Beauty, but to do so we need to understand that it takes time and energy to begin to discover the depths and details of His Beauty.
3) False Allure of Entertainment
We often alternate between being fascinated and bored with the entertainment. What we believe we cannot live without suddenly becomes dissatisfying and even repulsive.
As we consume the consumption of earthly entertainment, we become deadened in our ability to be fascinated by God.
We need to recognize that our hunger to be fascinated is only in God, He is the answer to this hunger.
Indeed, I also count all things loss for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord; for which I have suffered the loss of all these things, and count them as dross, that I might gain Christ, Philippians 3:8
4) The Beauty of God as Our Occupation
People who seek entertainment or position don't have the energy to persevere in their pursuit of God's beauty. They don't have enough hours in the day to really look to God for the satisfaction of this longing.
God satisfies our longing to be fascinated and increases our capacity to be fascinated at the same time.
A devotional life is not a bargaining chip to receive God's attention, but a new form of pleasure, for Him to reveal Himself and for us to have a heart enchanted by Him.
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