I always look forward to summer. The warm sunshine, baseball, beaches, and barbecues are pleasures that bring joy after a long, cold winter. But pleasure-seeking isn’t just seasonal. Don’t we all enjoy good food, engaging conversation, and a crackling fire?
The desire for pleasure isn’t wrong. God has built us for it. Paul reminds us that God “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). Other passages welcome us to the healthy pleasure of food, friends, and the intimacy of a marriage relationship. But thinking that we can find lasting pleasure in people and things is ultimately an empty pursuit.
Ultimate pleasure is not found in the short-lived thrills our world offers, but rather in the long-term joy from a deepening intimacy with our Lord. King Solomon learned this the hard way, “I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,” he admitted (Ecclesiastes 2:10). But after his pleasure-seeking spree, he concluded: “All was vanity and grasping for the wind” (v. 11). It’s no wonder he warned, “He who loves pleasure will be a poor man” (Proverbs 21:17).
What we are really looking for is satisfied only in a fulfilling and growing relationship with Jesus. Pursue Him and taste His delights! – Joe Stowell
The world is filled with so much good
That brings us joy and pleasure,
But true fulfillment only comes
When Christ we love and treasure. – Sper
Are we living for our own pleasure, or living to please our heavenly Father?
– July 25, Vol. 19, Our Daily Bread