Connecting my delight in chocolate with God

After a couple of weeks working nights, I am back on normal time and blogging again, kicking off with 5 minute Friday.
The task – write for 5 minutes based on the prompt delight:

Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:4 ESV)

When you think about it, this verse is quite typical of God’s way of doing things – if I delight in God then the desire of my heart will be to get more of God – He is happy to give me this.

But am I? Do I?

My greatest delight is usually in what God has made or what He gives me rather than in Him. How do I delight in God who I cannot see?

In 5 minutes I cannot explore this in depth, but it would seem that the idea (from C.S. Lewis, I think) of ‘running up the sunbeam’ to it’s source applies here. Look at the gifts that I do delight in and then understand something about who God is that He gives such delights to me and from increasing understanding of what God is like my delight shifts to be in Him.

It seems to need constant effort though to even keep mindful of the true character of God when easy fixes such as TV, internet, and chocolate are within reach.

What will you reach for?

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 ESV)

8 thoughts on “Connecting my delight in chocolate with God

  1. I do the same thing Mike. I love the Lord so much and yet still, I find myself looking for delight in the things rather that he source of it all. I am constantly trying to recognize when do this and turn my delight, my praise to Him. Blessings, brother!


    • Hi Eileen,
      Yep, there is something about the verse: ‘delight yourself in the Lord’ that begs to be embraced and lived out. It was either this or babies giggling which captures the idea of delight for me.


    • Hi Tara,
      We probably have the first humans to thank for this! The gifts are worthy of delight, it is our lack of even greater delight in the Giver which is the problem.


  2. Thanks for this thought provoking post. It is true, that often I’m delighting in the gifts from God, and though may be giving thanks, am I truly delighting in Him? We are often tempted for the quick fix! A shift of focus to keep my eyes on Him and delight in Him is often required.


  3. I love that “running up the sunbeam” quote 🙂 (I may be a little biased – it’s part of the reason my blog is Moonlight & Sunbeams)

    You raise some great points about the things that distract us from delighting in God. Thank you 🙂


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