There are life experiences which may bring momentary pleasure, but that’s all. Eating tasty food is a pleasure, but it is soon gone. Recreational activities may bring pleasure, but then we have to get back to the tasks of life. Even relationships can rightfully be a wonderful pleasure of life, but a time comes when life ends and farewells are said. The list could go on, but there is also worldly pleasure of which we should not choose to engage.
As the writer of Hebrews presented encouraging examples of men and women of faith, he included Moses of whom he wrote. . .
“(23) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. (24) By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, (25) choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. (26) He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:23-26 ESV)
Rather than settling for the wealthy life and good treatment in the position he had in Pharaoh’s household, Moses chose to act on behalf of his people and ended up mistreated in the process. In spite of turning away from the fleeting pleasures of Egyptian life, there were many experiences Moses had which were far from pleasurable as he eventually led a stubborn and rebellious people through the wilderness. The complaining and murmuring of the people and their desire to return did not make the leading easy for Moses. Still, Moses chose to remain faithful to God and on more than one occasion pled with Him on behalf of the nation.
Moses did this as he looked toward the reward to which God was leading. There was more pleasure in seeking what was to come than in what had been. We too should guard against getting caught up in the pleasures of the present that we lose sight of the lasting pleasure of the better things (i.e. Hebrews 11:40) through and to which God continues to guide and provide.
At the end of one of David’s psalms from which is drawn some Messianic significance (Psalm 16:10 which is cited in Acts 13:35), he wrote. . .
“(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.”(Psalm 16:11 ESV)
It is in following God’s path of life that we move toward the lasting pleasures and pleasant places of God. Grasping the fleeting, the lasting could be lost! May we therefore continue to choose to walk the path of life leading to the everlasting life only God can provide!
Have a great day SEEKING THE PLEASURES GOD IS PLEASED TO PROVIDE!