The Hunt for Pleasure
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. - Philippians 4:12
Society says, “Just do it!” Friends say, “If it feels good, do it.” And our flesh says, “More, more, more!” Our appetite for pleasure fuels our lives.
Is this a bad thing? Actually, you were designed for pleasure—but the pleasure that you were designed to seek—the pleasure that will truly satisfy—is finding pleasure in God.
Far too often, however, we set our sights too low, seeking satisfaction from power, food, status, money, or things. C.S. Lewis wisely reflected that we’re like ignorant children who want to go on making mud pies in a slum because we cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. “We are far too easily pleased,” he concluded.
Maybe you’re dissatisfied in your hunt for pleasure, or maybe you’re satisfied right where you are and you shouldn’t be. Pause and reflect on the source of your pleasure. Only one source is lasting—seek God.
“Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.” - Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.