Viewing God In Light Of Our Ambitions, Desires, and Pleasures
"If you find honey, eat just enough, too much of it, and you will vomit." - Proverbs 25:16
It’s important to remember that we can always turn to God during times of discouragement and difficulty. One of the reasons why I praise God is because He is ALWAYS my source of strength and sufficiency when I am feeling weak. However, this short article is not focused on encouraging those going through tough times. If you’re reading this, I ask that you join me in viewing God, not in light of our hardships, but in light of our pleasures. The first thing I want to make sure I mention about this subject is that God is on the same team as our pleasures. He has created us to enjoy the pleasures of this world. Yet, I think everyone can agree that our pursuit after pleasure can go too far or lead us to simply having a distorted view of pleasure. Ultimately, our pleasures are the cause of our rebellion against God. I love how Proverbs 25:16 says it… “If you find honey, eat just enough -- too much of it, and you will vomit.” That proverb has helped me keep my life in check. For example, although we can enjoy all that water has to offer us, we also know that it is a substance that we can drown in. Fire is another substance that we use to stay warm or cook with, but if we get too close it will burn us. Same thing can be said of any pleasure of this world. That’s why I’ve learned never to simply dive into any pursuit of pleasure without filtering it first through God’s word. Most importantly, I make sure to never replace the Creator with His created pleasures. Even the good and godly pleasures will lead me toward meaninglessness and destruction if they become our highest priorities. We must never forget that pleasure as an end will always leave us wanting more. God as an end, however, will lead us to satisfaction in pleasure. I promise that if you consider and apply that, it will enhance the way you enjoy the pleasures of this world and you will honor God in the process. Ultimately, God Himself is the source of all satisfaction and pleasure.