Finding Pleasures That Truly Satisfy
If pleasure’s the goal in life, then everyone wins something…a measure of pleasure! The devil’s happy to give us the pleasures of Connecticut and Vermont Avenues, as long as he gets to keep Boardwalk and Park Place. But, if you’ve ever played Monopoly, you know that Connecticut and Vermont Avenues are basically worthless, while Boardwalk and Park Place are priceless. The Bible says, Moses choose God’s will over pleasure. He was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, yet he refused to make that his identity. He chose instead to suffer mistreatment with the people of God. Moses preferred faith’s certainty above the momentary enjoyment of sin’s pleasures. The devil offers counterfeit intimacy—through some shallow, momentary pleasure. It’s pleasure, but without eternity—a forgery of what we’re created for: which is a personal relationship with God. Only God’s way leads to life: “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.” The only pleasure that truly satisfies is the pleasure that comes from God.