John Piper on God’s Honeymoon

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Writing on how God draws pleasure in doing well to His people, Pastor and author John Piper puts it in a great illustration:

“Sometimes we joke and we say about the marriage “the honeymoon is over.” That’s because we are finite. We can’t sustain a honeymoon level of intensity and affection. We can’t foresee the irritation that comes with long term familiarity. We can’t stay as fit and as handsome as we are then.  We can’t come up with new things to keep the relationship that fresh. But God says His joy over His people is like a bridegroom over a bride. He is talking about honeymoon intensity and honeymoon pleasures and honeymoon energy, excitement and enthusiasm and enjoyment. He is trying to get into our hearts what He means when He rejoices over us with all His heart. And add to this with God the honeymoon never ends. He is infinite in power and wisdom and creativity and love. And so He has not trouble sustaining a honeymoon level of intensity. He can foresee the future quirks of our personality and He decided to keep what is good for us and change what isn’t. He will be as handsome as He was and see to it that we get more and more beautiful forever. And He is infinitely creative to think of new things to do together, so that there will be no boredom for the next trillion ages of millenniums. “

(“The Pleasures of God” by John Piper copyright 1991, 2000 Desiring God Foundation published by Multnomah Publishers Inc.)

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