Yes… at first glance that does seem like a questionable title for a devotion, but today we are getting encouragement about keeping our contact with the Lord current, consistent, and much more second natural in our lives. The thing about ‘pleasure points’ is that there are countless points through our day when we receive/obtain pleasure, satisfaction, or even just comfort through things we do, things we consume (eat, drink, inhale, etc), and even the interaction we have with others. The amount of the pleasure isn’t the key factor for this devotional… just that we consider that we have them. They are integral to our sense of well-being… our balance… our little gems of rejuvenation, some may say.
See, our tangible lives can really help us understand and grasp some fundamental concepts for our spiritual lives. For example… sipping on a warm beverage on a crisp, cold morning can bring such a soothing calm to your body… watching your favorite show after a bustling work-day can revive your emotions and calm your nerves… chatting with a dear friend or loved one can really center you and leave you with a calm sense of belonging. Much the same way, interaction with the Lord can boost your spirit. Jesus once stated in John 8:29; “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.“, which is to say that being in close fellowship with the Lord is one of those ‘pleasure points’ for you as you go through your day.
Granted… who spends their day on a point-by-point basis acknowledging God, or checking with Him on every little detail? But again, that’s closer to the point here… too often, we stop and acknowledge the Lord ‘once’ something seems too complicated for us, or out of our realm, or just too out-of-reach (spiritual/emotional things). These pleasure points in our lives really manifest themselves for us once we are in more of a ‘second nature’ relationship/fellowship with Him… you know, when He is more naturally part of your thoughts, more consistently in your communication (those quiet prayers during your day), and more thoroughly part of your decision and consideration process.
No… you do not need to ‘act’ spiritual to be closer to the Lord… just use any and every moment you can to discuss your day with Him, to exchange your thoughts, to seek His guidance. These will become your pleasure points in your Faith Walk. So much so, that your spirit will be so in-tune with Him (second nature), you’ll not really realize just how much more fulfilling your life is becoming. Paul the Apostle even once noted in Hebrews 11:5-6; “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Once you find it pleasing in your soul and spirit to ‘purposely’ fellowship with the Lord, His deeper presence in your life will bring back to you a watershed of blessings, peace, and contentment. Psalms 37:4 actually clarifies it with; “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.“, which is confirmation that these little nuggets of time, these little tugs in the hem of His garment (as it were), and these little moments of dedication and devotion to the Lord will ultimately develop in your life as your new-found Pleasure Points.
|G.W. Bill Elliott, Jr. MDiv