Is God the Ultimate Joy-killer?

“…In your presence [is] fullness of joy. At your right hand [are] pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11

I once met a man few years ago who told me that the reason he was not yet a devoted Christian at the time was because he is still a young man. He said he is too young to start living a boring monotonous life. He concluded that by the time he is fifty years old, he will seriously consider being a committed follower of Jesus.

Unfortunately, this young man like many more of his kind believes that God is one giant cosmic joy-killer and that life under this sovereign God (who is always handing down rules) must be very restricted, dreary and boring.

On the contrary, I know that God takes absolute pleasure in His children having fun and enjoying life to the fullest. When God created man, He placed man at the very zenith of fun and satisfaction in a garden (in Eden) where everything is exquisite and beautiful. What man had back in Eden was literally too good to be true. All that could make for fun, comfort and luxury was at its very best back in Eden; the place God prepared for the first man. Unfortunately, sin messed up the fun!

“And for every man to take food and drink, and have joy in all his work, is a reward from God.” Eccl 3:13 BBE

The creator of all things good and pleasurable is no joy-killer. God Himself (and not man) prepared and designed fun and He has made a lot of things for our pleasure today. He made them all alluring and beautiful for us to enjoy: tasty food, harmonious music, good sex and so on. I am convinced God is not only concerned about the soul but also about the body; satisfying its senses with good things.

 “Who satisfies your mouth with good things…” Psalms 103:5

While all things were made for our comfort and satisfaction, we were made for God’s own enjoyment and pleasure. Our quest to exploit all avenues of fun and enjoyment without giving up ourselves for God’s own pleasure is selfish and out of place. God has designed it that there will be no true and lasting satisfaction of our cravings for pleasure and enjoyment without Him (whether you are a Christian or not). In other words, when godliness is not important to us in our quest for pleasure, moderation will be missing and ultimate satisfaction will never be known.

“…for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11

In our pleasures and enjoyment, godliness and moderation is chief. Eating must be done without ravenousness, drinking with self control, sex within the confines of marriage and nothing must be acquired through crooked means.

Real enjoyment and lasting pleasure is found only within the limits of godliness and modesty. Whatever you get outside of these limits is like eating bread that later turns into gravel in the mouth. Nothing in this world will give true satisfaction and pleasure when God is sidelined. When God is involved, full satisfaction is guaranteed with pleasures without cessation or intercession.