Wait Till the Pie Is Done
Monday, May 14, 2018
A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
This may come as a shock to some—but God wants you to be happy. God Himself gave us a longing for happiness in the first place, and He is the only One who can satisfy that longing in life. Not only “can” satisfy, but “wants to.”
This is what Solomon has in mind here. God has made provision for our happiness in His Word. True happiness. Sweet-to-the-soul happiness. He graciously satisfies the deepest longings of our hearts—and desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul.
But fools don’t want this God-kind of happiness. Or more precisely, they refuse to turn from their sin in order to have it. They prefer the pleasures of sin for a season (Heb. 11:25) to the joys of life with a capital “L.”
These many years later, I can still all but taste Mom’s blackberry pie. She used fresh wild blackberries—“fresh” as in I picked them myself along the creed banks. Then she rolled out her made-from-scratch dough, put butter and sugar on top, and put it in the oven for what seemed like forever. You could skip the oven part, I suppose, if you just couldn’t wait . . . but then flour, Crisco, sugar, and a stick of butter with blackberries is not quite the same as the bubbly goodness of a cobbler! Our sinful desire to “have it now” is something like eating the raw ingredients of a pie. God wants to give you joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Pet. 1:8), but you have to wait till the pie is done.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Ps. 16:11).
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