Birth is no easy experience. Neither is death to be desired. Yet once birth has happened, death is inevitable. In between the two is an innumerable number of choices to be made. But for what purpose?
Pain calls our name. Toil and heartache know where we sleep. Adding to the difficulty of life, the expenses of pleasure call from every corner.
There is nothing profitable about pleasure. Everytime we take a break from toil and heartache, we lose something valuable; money, reputation, preparation, and resources. Yet we justify it by saying, “I just need a little rest. Then I’ll be stronger”.
But no sooner do we get back to our toil and heartache and the entire pleasure becomes a forgotten matter. All we have left is memories, pictures, souvenirs, and wasted time. Yes, even the pursuit of pleasure is toil in itself.
You might be thinking I’m just a stick in the mud. But you know that what I’m saying is true. From front to back, and everywhere in between, life is full of difficulty.
People do everything they can to remove the rough edges of life. But even as they rub them smooth, the smoothing quickly breaks loose and sharp edges reappear.
This world has a singular design for humanity. It is designed to teach God’s people to endure through faith. The wicked heart will strive to find pleasure here. But God’s righteous elect will keep their eyes firmly fixed on his Holy promise.
The wicked will have their tumultuous pleasure. But the people of God will find pleasure in pleasing the Living God’s Christ.
Christianity recognizes that this place was sufficient to test the Holy Son of God. And here is where I mention that he is a very example God’s elect must follow.
Did the Lord shrink back from righteousness? Not once. Did he seek to use his body for pleasure? Again, not once. He did nothing but what his Heavenly Father told him to do.
Did he take a vacation? Did he chase after money? Did he lie or cheat or steal? He did not seal up his mouth, for fear of Man. He did not cease to pray. And if he had any knowledge in this world, it was the entirety of what is called the Old Testament.
There is our example.
Consider the outcome of his life. He is now firmly fixed as first in all creation. Now allow yourself to ponder the outcome of mimicking his life.
Who is man, that God should send His Holy Son as a sacrifice for our sins? What is it the righteous elect are to inherit? How can any pleasure in this world compare to what God has in store for those who love him?
Psalm 82:6. While you’re at it, consider the outcome of satan’s choice. Ponder the meaning of the differences between Christ Jesus and the one condemned to destruction.
By His Grace