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The Father's Joy

I watched an interesting interaction at church on Sunday. A young boy placed a piece of paper against his knee and began to draw. His dad saw what his son was attempting and passed over his bible to be used as a drawing table. The boy began to draw shapes and faces. It didn't take long for the boy's dad to notice his son's work. The dad sat smiling, watching his son draw. It was easy to see the joy that that little boy gave his father - just from doodling.

I won't make some broad analogy here. I just pray that, at least one time today, I make God feel like that father.

3 comments:

Spiritual Klutz said...

Like, like, like, like.

Anonymous said...

"God stands in no need of creatures, and is not profited by them; neither can his happiness be said to be added to by the creature. But yet God has a real and proper delight in the excellency and happiness of his creatures. He hath a real delight in the excellency and loveliness of the creature, in his own image in the creature, as that is a manifestation, or expression, or shining forth of his own loveliness. God has a real delight in his own loveliness, and he also has a real delight in the shining forth or glorifying of it. As it is a fit and condecent thing that God's glory should shine forth, so God delights in its shining forth. So that God has a real delight in the spiritual loveliness of the saints, which delight is not a delight distinct from what he has in himself, but is to be resolved into the delight he has in himself: for he delights in his image in the creature, as he delights in his own being glorified, or as he delights in it, that his own glory shines forth. And so he hath real proper delight in the happiness of his creatures, which also is not distinct from the delight that he has in himself, for 'tis to be resolved in the delight that he has in his own goodness. For as he delights in his own goodness, so he delights in the exercise of his goodness; and therefore, he delights to make the creature happy, and delights to see him made happy, as he delights in exercising goodness or communicating happiness. This is no proper addition to the happiness of God because 'tis that which he eternally and unalterably had. God, when he beholds his own glory shining forth in his image in the creature, and when he beholds the creature made happy from the exercises of his goodness, because these and all things are from eternity equally present with God this delight in God can't properly be said to be received from the creature, because it consists only in a delight in giving to the creature. Neither will it hence follow that God is dependent on the creature for any of his joy, because 'tis his won act only that this delight is dependent on, and the creature is absolutely dependent on God for that excellency and happiness that God delights in. God can't be said to be the more happy for the creature, because he is infinitely happy in himself; and he is not dependent on the creature for anything, nor does he receive any addition from the creature. But yet in one sense it can be truly said that God has the more delight for the loveliness and and happiness of the creature, viz. as God would be less happy if he were less good, or if it were possible to him for him to be hindered in exercising his own goodness, or to be hindered from glorifying himself. God has no addition to his happiness when he exercises any act of his holiness towards his creatures; and yet God has a real delight in the exercises of his own holiness, and would be less happy if he were less holy, or were capable of being hindered from any act of holiness." -- Jonathan Edwards, Miscellanies, no. 679.

Evan Bell said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for the reference. Shoot me an e-mail. Let's talk!

E

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