What Does God Like?
To answer the question, “What is God like,” maybe we should begin with another, ‘What does God like?” After all, you can tell a lot about someone if you knows what he likes, what gives him pleasure and delight and enjoyment.
Although I said not all these blogs would be about books, I want to share my response to one I have finally just finished, John Piper’s The Pleasures of God. In his inimitable style of warmth and passion, Piper tells us what God likes, what gives him pleasure.
Our Lord takes pleasure in his Son, Jesus; in all he does; in his creation; in his own fame and glory; in choosing to save many people from eternal perdition; in wounding his Son for our salvation; in doing good to all who hope in him; in our prayers and obedience; and in “concealing himself form the wise and revealing himself to infants” (that is, those who are meek and lowly).
Piper repeats his trademark motto: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him,” and applies this truth to us: “And so may the end of all our meditation, all our hope, all our prayer, all our obedience, be this great discovery: that our satisfaction in God will be infinite when, by his gift and in his kingdom, it becomes the pleasure of God in God.”
Piper believes that God wants us to be happy – fully, supremely, infinitely happy. And nothing will bring to us this happiness other than God himself, as we delight in him. On this Lord’s Day, I hope we can all stop for a moment and ponder how much God has done for us – even sending his only Son to die – so that all the wealth of his love would fill our hearts now and forever.