Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political philosopher, traveled through America in the early 1830s and wrote a book called Democracy in America, in which he says,“The incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy [the human] heart.” So, whether our devotion is success, wealth, possessions, health, comfort, the happiness of my children, winning arguments and being on the right side (whether theologically, politicly, morally), pleasure, power or being thought of as a good person. These counterfeit joys, while often legitimate as a lesser joy, will always be incomplete. They will always be mirages of true joy.
That is why this past Sunday I mentioned an important book by Tim Keller, entitled, Counterfeit Gods, which deals with the root of the problem of lesser, substitute joys and provides the opportunity to embrace the ultimate joy in the One who is devoted to us—a devotion that has been confirmed by a cross. Then, we can put lesser joys in perspective without being consumed with worry, anxiety, fear, addiction and regret.
As David said in Psalm 16:11, “In your presence O God is the fullness of joy. At your right hand are pleasures forevermore!”