“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
We live in a culture that is obsessed with pleasure. The main goal in life for many people is to find what can bring them the most pleasure. Sex, drugs, money, these are often things that can bring a lot of pleasure to us, but unfortunately they also bring a lot of pain, especially when abused and not used the way God created them to be used. I believe God created us as humans to enjoy things, to get pleasure out of things in life, we are wired to seek pleasure. However, because of the corruption of sin on the human heart, people seek pleasure from things in a way that is not pleasing to God. Therefore; many times as Christians we have a distorted view of pleasure. Because the word “pleasure” is so often associated with something “sinful” we can start to believe that all pleasure is bad.
“Pleasures in this life were created as a picture of the ultimate pleasure we can find in God.”
Often we forget that God desires for us to have pleasure in Him. Pleasures in this life were created as a picture of the ultimate pleasure we can find in God. This is why often so many pleasures in this life start to feel empty after a while. Pleasure in itself in this world is vain, but when we experience the joy and pleasure of things in this life when done in a godly way, it is supposed to point us to God himself. Pleasure in this world is to give us a picture of what God is like and the pleasure we can get from Him. God is the greatest being in the universe, He is the creator of pleasure. So often we forget to seek pleasure from God when at his right hand are “pleasures forevermore.” The greatest pleasure we can experience is God himself.