“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
When we, with white-knuckle grip, hold too tightly to the things of this world, we miss the message and the meaning of the entire story line of the Bible. When we value what is temporal and passing away more than what is eternal and everlasting, we have lost sight of the promises given us in Gospel truth. And one of those promises is that Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven that no eye has seen, and of which no ear has heard and no mind has conceived. When we lose sight of God’s promises, our loving heavenly Father steps in and delivers a bit of divine disenchantment to redirect our focus, refresh our faith, and reignite the fire of our first love: Jesus.
Disenchantment is no longer believing in the value, hope, and power of the eternal promises we have in Jesus. This is what happens when we remove Jesus from the throne of our lives and imagine that we have assumed the position of ruler. But our God is a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:24); He will tolerate no rival and will do whatever is necessary to recapture our hearts. One of the ways God does this is through divine disenchantment.
C. S. Lewis put it this way in The Weight of Glory.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
God created us in such a way that nothing in this world will ever be able to fully satisfy us – not even love or life itself. Because we are made for another world, we must remember that we are simply pilgrims passing through this present world. We must always remember that, as good as it can be at times in this life, all of it pales in comparison to what we will forever experience in the new heavens and the new earth.
Truly the best is yet to come! Lewis would call this is a “forward-facing nostalgia,” which points us in the direction of the consummation of the Kingdom of Christ, the one we were created for in all its glory, where there will be no more sin, sorrow, suffering, or death. Eternal enchantment awaits all those who have put their trust in Christ alone.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!