Earlier this week, Steve was talking through the story of Genesis 1-3 with the kids. When we got to Adam and Eve’s entry into sin, our girl stated in her matter of fact way,
“They were happy. Then they saw the fruit and ate it. They were sad when God said, ‘Go away and die.’ ”
Oh, to always see our happiness in obedient nearness to God through Jesus! Sadness and death happens away from him.
I love the way the Psalms pick up on blessing as nearness to God. Like Psalm 16.
The whole Bible’s story is a flux of nearness and distance. Horror grows away from him. Doesn’t our world feel it? The meandering story of the Bible ends with,
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Rev 21:3-4
The happiness of the age to come is about finally being happy (immeasureably delighted!) with God. Every other joy in the age to come will be secondary, by far, to our joy in being