|It’s the eternal pursuit: freedom from pain or the attainment of pleasure.
Every commercial on TV is strategically designed to promise you their product will either take away some pain from or give you pleasure, right? It may be a car advertised with a beautiful woman, implying that you’ll get the woman when you buy their car. Or something straightforward like aspirin, promises to take away your pain. Everyone experiences pain or deals with trouble in life. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.” The difference is, for the non-Christian, the trouble never ends! No wonder people get involved with alcohol, drugs, pornography—or anything to dull the pain, or experience a temporary sense of gratification. The problem with that is: these counterfeits can never truly take away the pain or offer the real pleasure God wants us to experience.
But Jesus CAN alleviate your pain AND Jesus WILL give you real pleasure. The Bible says in I Peter 2:24 that Jesus bore our pain, and by His stripes we are healed! There are a hundred mentions of pain in the Bible in one form or another, but there are two hundred mentions of healing! God provides twice as much healing for whatever pain you may be going through. Expect God to give you a double portion to relieve you from your suffering! The Bible also says, “In the presence of the Lord is fullness of joy and in His right hand are pleasures forevermore.” See, Jesus is THE SOURCE of true pleasure!
When we realize this, life can be a celebration! Notice what Jesus said at the end of John 16:33, “In this world, you will have tribulation but be of GOOD CHEER! Why? Because HE has overcome the world, so that through Him YOU can live a victorious life, a good life, and a life of celebration! Jesus says, “Cheers!” The victory He already obtained gives us a reason to rejoice, and have hope that no matter what we’re facing right now, it is going to turn around!