In your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand there are pleasures evermore. Psalm 16:11
Today I was pondering, “Do I associate pleasure more with this world or God?”
Why am I am tempted to think of pleasure as immoral or detrimental to my spiritual life? Why do I fear any indulgence is questionable? I wonder if is because of the lure of counterfeits. Satan has caused us to question God-given genuine pleasure because we realize he has filled with world with substitutes which appear good yet lead to death.
Yes, pleasure can be a lure which captures and enslaves. But pleasure can also draw us to be captivated by God’s goodness.
C. S. Lewis wrote, “Gratitude exclaims… ‘How good of God to give me this.’ Adoration says, ‘What must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations are like this!’ One’s mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun.”
(I had to look it up 😊 Coruscation – glitter or sparkle.)
I think he saying that every little delight of our day can be an opportunity to take joy in Jesus. Maybe it depends on who/what we tether ourselves-the world or God? If I am truly seeking for God to be present each moment of my life, earthly delights direct my eyes right back to Him. If my heart is divided, perhaps the pleasures I seek entangle me more with the world.
So how will I know if the pleasure is becoming my “god”?
Am I more focused more on the pleasure than One who provides it?
Is my indulgence at the expense of others?
Is my choice in any way compromising my obedience to God?
Am I sacrificing something that should be the Lord’s – time or money?
Again, this is one of those questions, I am still wrestling through. Although I have not figured it out, I believe the answer to the first question I posed should be that I associate pleasure and joy with God.