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A boy walked up to a man and said, “I have a bird in my hand.
Can you tell me if the bird is dead or alive?” The man waited
a moment and answered, “That all depends. If I say he is
dead, you may turn him loose and show me that the bird
is very much alive. But if I say he is alive, you may suffocate
the bird and he will be dead.”
Sometimes there is no clear answer. For example, are
pleasures right or wrong? That depends on what kind of
pleasures we are talking about and how we handle them.
The Bible shows that some pleasures are good and others
are evil. Let’s look at what we can learn about pleasures
from God’s Word.
1. Psalm 36:7–9.
This verse speaks of a river of God’s pleasures.
With His unfailing love, what unending
pleasures can we have with God?
2. Psalm 111:1–3.
What are the works of the Lord in relation to creation?
What about His work of redemption?
We have reason to praise and extol
His name for all His wonderful works.
We can delight in God’s creation.
3. Proverbs 21:17.
What pleasures might this verse be referring to?
Why might a person who
loves wine and oil never be rich?
4. Isaiah 44:24–28.
Does God have eventual control of rulers and nations?
How do these verses assure us of God’s
power and control in the dealings of men?
What about in things pertaining
to our daily lives and comfort?
5. Isaiah 58:12–14.
God promises certain things
to those who honor the Sabbath.
What rewards are mentioned here?
How can we keep the Sabbath today?
6. Ezekiel 18:23, 32.
Does God take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?
What does please Him?
What is the remedy for avoiding God’s wrath (verse 32)?
7. Haggai 1:7–8, 12–14.
What did God want His people to do?
What promises did God make to them?
How does God work with His people?
Does God enjoy our success?
8. Luke 8:14.
Who is represented by the seed sown among thorns?
What chokes the life and growth from us?
How can we relate to this parable today?
9. Luke 12:32.
Why did Jesus tell His followers not to be afraid?
What does He promise them as well as us?
Do God’s pleasures surprise you?
10. Revelation 4:11.
God created the universe for His own purposes and pleasure.
We praise Him as we enjoy all that He has created.
What kinds of pleasures can we
expect from God beyond this present life?
From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor
About the Author (2010):
Preston A. Taylor is a retired pastor and missionary to Argentina. He
received his BD and ThM degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary
and his DMin from Luther Rice Seminary. For the past 25 years, he has
written a weekly devotional message for newspapers in the towns where
he has served as pastor. Dr. Taylor currently lives in Zapata, Texas.
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