Ecclesiastes 2:26 (KJV)

26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Over and over again in scripture, God declares that He wants us to enjoy His presence.

As Ecclesiastes tell us, “God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight” (Eccl. 2:26). Why then do so many people fail to enjoy God’s presence?

First, they don’t really know Him.

Often they see God as an untouchable, invisible force that that cares very little about His creation. But nothing is further from the truth! God desires a close abiding relationship with you. When you fail to realize the depth of His love, you miss a great blessing.

He says to you today, as He did to His ancient people, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.” (Jer.3:13).

Second, they have a wrong view of God’s attitude.

God is no legalist. He isn’t scrutinizing your actions or investigating your motives, in order to condemn you. Instead, Jesus says He came to set you free (see John 8:32). Remember this: “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17).

Third, they are afraid of Him.

God calls you to reverence His holiness, but never to be afraid of Him. This is why He so often tells His people, “Do not be afraid!” (see Gen. 15:1, Josh 8:1, Luke 1:30).

Fourth, sin breaks the fellowship God wants us to enjoy with Him. Sin not only blocks God’s best for us, it eliminates joy. Forsaking sin puts us in a prime position for God’s blessings. Not only does God extend forgiveness, He also promises restoration.

Fifth, they refuse God’s acceptance.

God loves you the way you are! There is nothing you can do to become more acceptable to Him. His love for you is unconditional and never ending.

How can you begin to enjoy God?

Realize He enjoys being with you, and then learn to spend time with Him and begin to trust Him to meet all your needs.

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