Whose pleasure?

Have you ever read Greek philosophy? In almost every version of philosophy, men were looking for their ultimate purpose. As Christians, we can know our ultimate purpose. We were created to please God.

Is our life and actions pleasing to God? Many times we seek after our own pleasure. We look to satisfy ourselves with what we do and think. If something does not please us, we don’t do it. If something does, we do. Isn’t it natural? After all, our culture seems to scream, "If it feels good, Do it!"

Such was the attitude of the king, Solomon. He decided that He would do all that pleased Him. Let’s examine his words in Ecclesiastes 2:1. "I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity." Solomon enjoyed everything this life had to offer. No, he never had video games or social networking, but he had everything money could buy in his time. And what did he say, "all is vanity." Vanity meaning nothing. Solomon recognized that the pleasures of this earth are worthless. That truth is written plain to see, yet we often overlook it and live our lives in a manner that is worthless.

It would truly be grievous if we spent our lives chasing after the next entertainment or the next diversion only to learn, just like Solomon, that it was all worth nothing. Let us never forget our true purpose. Let us not seek to please men, or ourselves, but God alone.

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." – Revelation 4:11.

"The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy." – Psalm 147:11