God is so smart, He cannot be fooled, nor can we out-smart Him. As our Creator, He knows us inside and out. Because of His great love for us, He warns us many times in scripture to not become idolaters. By that I mean, a pleasure-seeker. We are reminded that the fulfilled and joyful life comes from seeking relationship with Him.
Someone may feel that what I just wrote reveals a very selfish God. What kind of God says we can only find true fulfillment in Him! Why does He have to be a part of my life in order for me to be happy? This self-centered thinking reveals the nature of man and evidence of our sinful condition. Ignorance is not bliss, it leads to destruction.
God doesn’t give us guidelines and commandments to restrict us from pleasure and joy. He knows what will bring us ultimate joy and peace, therefore He clearly tells us what types of pleasure and goals in life are healthy (one in spirit with Him) and those that bring us to shame and ruin. Open and read His Word with a seeker’s heart. Humble yourself before your Awesome Creator. He loves you dearly — choose to glorify Him. This is where true and lasting joy will be found.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
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