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"God does not have a diminishing marginal utility. Each new experience of God doesn't bring less enjoyment but more."

Much of economics is built around the idea of the law of diminishing marginal utility. The main point of this concept is that the first experience of a product brings the most happiness, and each successive experience of that same product progressively brings less happiness.

For example when you first get your awesome, new, shiny smart phone, immediately you want to spend hours and hours figuring out all of the capabilities that are available to you. But two or three years later that same phone doesn't produce elation and intrigue but rather boredom and discontentment (often).

Or think of an all you can eat buffet. The first plate of food you get is very satisfying, but how satisfying is the second plate? And the third? And the fourth? Each successive plate of food you get, though it might still be enjoyable to a certain extent, brings you less and less satisfaction, until the point where it actually can bring you disutility, where it's not longer giving you any benefit at all but is instead harming you (sickness, being overly full, stomachaches, etc.).

Everything in our world functions this way.

Except for God.

God does not have a diminishing marginal utility. Each new experience of God doesn't bring less enjoyment but more.

It is God "who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." –Psalm 103:5 ESV

It is God who "satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things." -Psalm 107:9 ESV

It is: "those who seek the LORD [whom] lack no good thing." -Psalm 34:10 ESV

It is God who declares: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live." -Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV

And Jesus proclaims: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV) and “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." -John 6:35 ESV

May you go today to the inexhaustibly satisfying God. And may you live in His joy forever.

Matt Kleinhans

Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.

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