There are multitudes of people who seem to spend their energies forever running away from God. Their hearts belong to this world—and though the world has little to offer, they clutch at the trinkets and baubles of this world even though these little scraps of nothingness cannot offer any real or lasting satisfaction. What does God want for us? Joy. Endless joy. Abounding joy. Abundant joy. Joy that can satisfy. But these rebels (and they truly are rebels) want nothing to do with the joy He freely offers—the joy that comes from a close, intimate relationship with the One who created us. And so these rebels hide from Him. They prefer the long shadows and stifling gloom of the never-ending night to the dazzling radiance of His eternal glory.
In the end, these lost souls will receive what they spent their lives pursuing: a place where God is not. An empty void where He can no longer prod their hearts or gently speak to their consciences. These lost souls who spent their days on earth running from His presence will need to run no more, for they will, at long last, be in a place where God is not and where God cannot be.
As the Lake of Fire was never intended for man, perhaps these damned souls become something less than man. I believe damnation strips these individuals of all vestiges of their humanity. What they become is a horror that is too nightmarish for words.
The choice is ours. There is joy. There is misery. But there is no third choice. We can hold out our hands and receive the joy God intended for us or we can tighten our fists and refuse that which alone can eternally satisfy.