“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11
I’ve seen movies where the bartender, or waitress, or a host at a party may ask “What’s your pleasure?” Meaning, what is it that I can give to you, that will bring you pleasure?
God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and He created pleasure. He knows our desires and what will genuinely bring us joy and pleasure, more than we would know ourselves. Most people on this earth seek pleasure alone…. Sometimes as Christians we think that God doesn’t want us to experience joy and that we are to live by a book of rules. But this isn’t the case; He simply gives us direction so that we don’t fall into the traps of this world. He know’s what is best. Adam and Eve knew no evil before their innocent eyes were uncovered. Sin brings shame, guilt, and resentment. Righteousness brings joy, truth, and contentment. There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ, but forgiveness and eternal life. (Romans 8:1) Moderation, morals and boundaries in life do no limit us, they help us safely enjoy what was ours to enjoy in the first place. God’s word helps us to discern what is truth. There is liberty and freedom in Christ, not restriction. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
“The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10
One of the ways the enemy seeks to destroy us is by luring us into things that look glamorous, and then strip us away of our joy. He knows our weakness better than anyone. In the end his tricks can leave us with nothing by emptiness. There is a void in our hearts that can only be filled by one thing. That is the Love of our creator.
Living for instant gratification, will always leave you feeling empty. There is no eternal security in that. When you drive through MacDonald’s, knowing how hungry you are and needing something fast which we all do, you usually eat and then feel guilty after loading your body with all that junk, and then spend the rest of the evening feeling sluggish and rundown. The devil wants us tired out and unhealthy.
Esau sold his birthright to Jacob (Genesis 25:19-34), all because he was starving, and his flesh was controlling him. I’m sure afterward he realized the eternal consequence, and the cost, it was not worth it. We need to learn to ask God to help us when it comes to putting our flesh under in desperate times, so that we don’t create a myriad of problems and lose out on what God has for us. Sometimes it’s a matter of holding our tongues, and waiting on God.
People seek many different avenues to find their gratification, to fill an empty void that only God can fill. Addictions to substance and poor behavior, often come about in this manor, and usually leave you feeling worse in the end, or even death can occur.
When we constantly look to please our physical man, and forget to feed our spiritual man, it can have an affect on our well being. Let God know your desires….He already knows what you will ask before you utter the words. But, also ask him to help you have wisdom and discernment against things that are dangerous to our well being. He cares about all the desires of our hearts. We were created for Eden in the first place…… not the world we live in. But we can have joy on the earth, and taste a glimpse of Eden, until we reach our destination point. There is no joy apart from the Lord. (Psalm 16:2)