APPETITE FOR PLEASURE

Isa.54:2

Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.

Have you ever wondered about man’s huge appetite for pleasure? Sometimes it seems like it has no limits. No matter how much money a person makes, how great their possessions are, or how many pleasurable experiences they have, it can never be enough. Actually that is the way we were created by God. We were created to need Him and nothing less will satisfy our hungry soul. A human being without Christ is in a perilous state, they have this unquenchable thirst for pleasure that can never be quenched until they drink of Christ and His living water. This is the result of being created in the image of God. God Himself was intended to be our pleasure. Created things can never replace the infinite pleasure found only in Christ. Jonathan Edwards spoke often of the pleasures of God and how only they could satisfy our thirsty souls. Listen to his observations about the abundant nature of the Lord.

“God being an infinite fountain of good is as it were infinitely communicative, or infinitely overflowing, and therefore the communication of how great abundance soever. “God is love”. His essence being love, He is as it were an infinite ocean of love without shores and bottom, yea, and without a surface. Noah’s deluge overflowed the mountains, but the deluge of God’s mercy is above the heavens. “Thy goodness is above the heavens”. And wherever there is that seems to be any obstacle, any meanness, any unworthiness, all is overtopped, overwhelmed, and swallowed up in the infinite deluge.”

You were created with a God sized capacity for pleasure, focusing our pursuits on the creation rather than the Creator only leads to incredible frustration. You will only be satisfied with the pleasures found in Christ Himself. There is no person, no job, no sporting event, no possession that can ever satisfy our appetites for pleasure, only God will do. Many Christians are frustrated trying to shut down the longing for pleasure in their hearts, instead we should stretch out our tents and expand ourselves for God. Open wide your hearts, let the King of Glory come in. This is what Jesus meant when He said He had water to drink that you know nothing about. This water is the overwhelming, infinite deluge found in Christ alone.