Pleasure Seekers

During the summer season there are none more in evidence than those whom we term pleasure seekers. At every steamboat dock, at every railway station, on the trolley and in the motor car, we are wont to see a vast and busy throng intent on one purpose,—that of breaking away from the routine of work or ordinary occupations and finding pleasure in the new activities or relaxations of a summer vacation. These efforts are successful or otherwise according to varying conditions, circumstances, motives, and temperaments. Yet there are pleasures which are dependent upon none of these things, in which there are no mockeries of hope, no uncertain fulfilments; and not only this, but we are told exactly where they may be found without questionings or mistakes.

That all God's children should become preeminently a body of true pleasure seekers is evidenced by the fact that we are told in the Scriptures of abundant pleasures already provided for all; yes, and "fulness of joy," which awaits those who rightly seek it. Is not the fact that the heavenly Father has provided these pleasures, this "fulness of joy," sufficient proof that He intended His children to seek them, to possess them, to rejoice in them?

But, it may be asked, where are these pleasures to be found? For answer we turn to the Bible, where we read, "In thy presence is fulness of joy." Now let us pause a moment, let us put our shoes from off our feet, put aside every material sense, for the ground on which we stand is holy, and let us listen to these other words of the psalmist: "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." Again, "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations." Even in this generation, then, we are all dwelling in Him, and it matters not where we may go, we cannot get away from His presence.

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October 2, 1915

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