“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
When was the last time you enjoyed something good simply because it was good? So often, if we allow ourselves to experience something good, it is as a stopping point on the way to something else. The good thing is not the end, but rather part of the means. This can be especially true for followers of Jesus. To seek out the experience of something good for no other reason than that it is good feels too self-indulgent. We are not worth such efforts. It is selfish. We don’t deserve such things.
And yet, God created this world full of good things. Through culture, He has inspired the creation of many more. Why would He do all of this if not for us to be able to enjoy them freely? Now, yes, we need to add caveats here about moderation and not letting something come and rule our lives. You can’t enjoy something when it owns you.
But, there are many good things in this world that are simply there for us to enjoy. We should enjoy them. Read a good book just because it is a good book. Enjoy a splendid meal and delight well in the Lord of the Harvest (indeed, I hope you did that this past Thursday!). Visit an art museum and bathe in the beauty of what you see there. Take a hike through a picturesque location and drink in the glory of creation. Enjoy God’s creation to its fullest because that bring Him glory.
Know well as you set out to do this, though, that physical pleasures are not the only things for us to enjoy. Nor are they the sweetest. Wisdom is a pleasure for the soul that is sweeter than the finest honey. What’s more, it is a pleasure that enriches the mind and the heart and the body in a way that stays with you for the long haul. Seek out wisdom wherever you can so you can experience it. Pursue encounters with real peace. Look for chances to know joy. Practice radical love for your neighbor. These are some of the sweet fruits of the Spirit that will not only leave you satisfied, but they will transform your whole life so that you can enjoy the pleasures of this world more fully than you could before you had them. God’s creation was made for us to enjoy it. Let us not forget to enjoy the God who made it as well.