Have you ever wondered what God was doing throughout eternity past, before He created the universe? Was He bored? Was He just killing time until He said, “Let there be light”?
Far from it! The biblical picture of God is that of three persons within the unity of the Godhead: Father, Son and Spirit. For eternity past the Father has been loving the Son, and the Son has been loving the Father in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Let me focus on just one of the many-splendoured facets of the Father’s love for the Son: His joy in His Son. When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on Him and the Father’s voice rang out from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 4:17). That is the Father’s eternal verdict on His Son: He is delightful and beautiful and thrilling and satisfying.
So what was God doing throughout eternity past, before He created the universe? The Father was finding boundless delight in Christ alone. And God the Father, infinite in all His being and ways, has an infinite capacity for joy. Can there be a greater capacity than an infinite capacity? Of course not! And – think of this – God the Son filled up that capacity. Christ was enough to satisfy God the Father and give Him fullness of joy forever!
Now, you also have a capacity for joy. Not infinite, far from it; if God is an ocean of capacity for joy, you have just a thimble-sized capacity. And what do you usually seek to satisfy that longing for joy? Entertainment? Dessert? Novels? Movies? Sex? Friendship? Not that any of those things are intrinsically bad; it’s just that they mere drops of happiness that cannot possibly fill your cup.
Yet there is a horizon-filling ocean of joy in Jesus Christ – the one who was wonderful enough to satisfy the heart of God for all eternity! Yet how often do you dip your little thimble-sized cup into His ocean?
Do you spend time looking at Him? David longed to spend his time doing nothing but dwelling “in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
Do you spend time listening to His words? What He says in the Bible is “more to be desired than gold,” and is “sweeter than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10).
Do you spend time talking to Him? When you seek God in prayer, you will not lack “any good thing” (Psalm 34:10), and all those who seek him “rejoice” and are “glad” in Him (Psalm 40:16).
Do you spend time talking to others about Him? The one who delights in God urges others to join him and share his joy: “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).
God the Father invites you to share in His boundless joy by delighting in Christ. He calls you into the eternal fellowship of His love; He places His love on you and bids you love Him in return and share in the eternal, joy-filled, joy-sharing life of the Godhead. Will you say yes?
*I am indebted to the book Delighting in the Trinity, by Michael Reeves, for the inspiration behind these thoughts. Delighting in the Trinity is a wonderful book that moved me and deepened the way I think about God as Trinity, and I’m reading it now for a second time in preparation to teach on the Trinity in Sunday School.