I’ve been reading a book called, “Wide Awake” by Erwin Raphael McManus, and wanted to share my notes from Chapter 7.
God designed us to enjoy life; He created us for pleasure. God created us so He could enjoy us and we could enjoy Him, and we could enjoy life. God created us in the perfect environment for pleasure, enjoyment, and desire. This is the story of creation. This is our beginning. God created the world for our enjoyment. We took the fun out of it.
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He placed the man He had created. And the Lord God planted all sorts of trees in the garden – beautiful trees that produced delicious fruit.
God’s idea was to put us in a beautiful place filled with delicious fruit and gorgeous surroundings. The world was designed to inspire the human spirit. We would wake up and want to shout at the top of our lungs how good life is. It really was a pleasure to be here.
We were created to take care of the world. We don’t live in paradise anymore. Now we have to bring paradise to where we live. You are physiologically and psychologically designed to enjoy life. God designed you to experience pleasure.
If you can see colors, taste flavors, and smell aromas, you have the capacity by God’s design to actually enjoy those pleasures.
Religion focuses on the suppression of desires, the elimination of desires, the denial of desires. But God redirects our desires from destructive outlets to creative ones. Religion is an attempt to control people by controlling their desire and passions rather than awakening and unleashing them.
Scriptures teach that knowing and loving God awakens all your God-given desires and passions. David wrote, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). You were designed to desire and to enjoy.
God made you to enjoy life. He’s not trying to stop you from enjoying life, He’s trying to help you find the joy for which you were created.
The only way you are going to stop being pulled around by destructive desires and passions is to allow God to awaken those passions and desires that will bring your life to wholeness and health, and make you fully alive. You are supposed to enjoy life. It’s a command. The word Eden means pleasure. God puts them in the garden of pleasure.
Maybe we need to stop living in the dark and get in the light. Jesus said “I am the light of the world”(John 8:12). Maybe we need to get into the light and allow him to infuse some enjoyment into our lives even on the darkest of days.
This was just a gentle reminder to me that God wants me to enjoy my life. It reminds me of what David wrote in Psalm 45, “I write my life with my tongue.” “My years are delightful, pleasant, and sweet”(Job 36:11). I can create a life of joy even in the midst of turbulent circumstances. I can meditate on Him, His word, and His love for me. I can – on purpose – create memorable times with my family and friends. So, go ahead, write your life with your tongue. Smile at your future. Know that God will never leave you or forsake you. Breathe in, breathe out, Life is good!