The Ultimate Pleasure


[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]P[/eltdf_dropcaps]leasure, plaisir, piacere….whatever language we speak, pleasure sounds sweet, because it is. There are so many things in this world that delight us and keep us asking for more. We want to enjoy our lives, we want to have the best of everything, and we long for pleasurable things.

If asked where you would want to be right now, this very moment, our minds will, no doubt, drift to some place that’ll put a smile on our face just by thinking about it. Whether it’s an island in the pacific, curled up on a couch in front of the T.V or chatting to a long lost friend, we believe we will be fully satisfied in that moment. Some may think about heaven and believe that to be the ultimate satisfaction.

Think about your favourite ice-cream, or your favourite item of clothing. You like it, because of the way it was made, by whomever made it. You probably wouldn’t switch to the same item in a different brand. Anything we like in this world, we like because of the way it was made, by God who made it. We often forget the last part, ‘ by God who made it’ and attribute goodness to the creation and not the Creator Himself.

[eltdf_blockquote text=”The pleasures of this created world are pointing to the Creator of pleasure. They’ll never satisfy you like the pleasure of knowing God. ~ Paul Tripp” title_tag=”h2″ width=””]

John 1: 1-3 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

We so often forget that. Everything that was made, was made by God. If these things are so pleasurable, how much more pleasure is there to delight in the Lord our God. We can never fully enjoy anything without delighting in the Lord who made it. The way you feel about that chocolate covered vanilla ice-cream, or the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the beach, is nothing compared to the pleasure found in the Lord.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4. Do we not desire pleasure? Where else can we find true pleasure if not in the Creator Himself? That’s something sweet to think about. Romans 1: 20“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,”

Every single good thing we see in creation is pointing us to the Father, so we have no excuse. Creation points us to the Creator, but it alone cannot draw us to Him, and cannot give us a saving faith. Romans 10: 17 states “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” May we look to the Creator of all and delight in Him all the days of our lives. May we seek Him and know Him through His word, May our hearts yearn for him and not the things He created. Nothing in this world can truly satisfy us. That temporary satisfaction in anything of this world, will pass away:

1 John 2:17 “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” Even heaven is not pleasurable if we don’t know God. We cannot know the Creator without faith in Him and what He has done for us on the cross. It is through faith in Jesus Christ, that we come to know God, our Father. Only then can we know what pleasure really is, as we delight in Him.