I want to finish up a line of thinking I began with my last two posts. Not only does God view us as blameless and capable but Ephesians 1:5b says that God adopted us “in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace which He has freely given us in the One He loves.” Most of us have had those suspicious moments where we wonder if God is really happy about what He’s done for us. We all want to know, “Does God treat people kindly just because it’s in His job description to be nice?” When we live with an emotional landscape that believes “I’m a dud of a human being” we all too easily assume that most people are just tolerating us. We hardly believe it when people say they like being with us because we think, “How could they like being with me when I don’t even like being with myself?” As a result we increasingly live lives of isolation because we’re sure no one really wants us around.
Once again the Bible tells us something amazing as it exposes the actual emotions of God. It tells us His adoption is “in accordance” with something. Notice Scripture does not say, ‘God adopted us in accordance with His pity for us,’ or ‘in accordance with His job description,’ or even ‘in accordance with his commitment to take on a certain number of long-shot people-projects each year.’ Instead Scripture says that our adoption was “in accordance with His pleasure and will.” The original language word for pleasure means “determined resolve” – an indication of God’s thoughts about our adoption. The word will means “settled desire” – an indication of God’s gut feelings about our adoption. When God’s word says our adoption was “in accordance with His pleasure and will” it’s telling us God’s thoughts and emotions are in total agreement that rescuing us, healing us, and intimately knowing us both now and on into eternity is the best thing He could ever do! The Bible is saying God likes having us around because He enjoys us.
This is a bit of a strange question but go with it. What is your favorite smell? What or who does that favorite smell call to your mind? It probably reminds you of a special place or a special person. I am told one of the most powerful memory producing senses is the sense of smell. In Second Corinthians 2:15 we are told that “we are to God the aroma of Christ.” Every believer is to God a fragrance triggering His memory of a noble Son willing to die so that others might live. When God looks at those who believe and are now identified with Christ (smell like Him), He smiles because He sees the Son He loves. When God the Father looks at His Son, seated at His right hand, He smiles because He also sees us, who look and smell like His Son. God the Father is forever filling His universe with the aroma reminding Him of His Boy. Anyone who has placed their trust in the work of the Son is imminently enjoyable to God. What factors keep you from enjoying the fact that God actually enjoys you?