Your Pleasure Controls You – Proverbs 21:17

Proverbs 21:17 "He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich."

What Solomon is addressing here is the heart attitude, the love of pleasure and luxury. The one who loves it, will be impoverished by it. What is interesting, is that in verse 20, Solomon says that the wise have treasure and oil to be desired (delighted with) in their house. The Hebrew word for "oil" relates to richness and plenty. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible states this oil or ointment was very costly and would have been worth about three hundred day’s wages. This oil was probably similar to the ointment of spikenard with which Mary anointed Jesus.

The one that loves pleasure ultimately becomes the slave of his love of pleasure, luxury, and/or alcohol. Thus, what your pleasure is, controls you. If you want to be controlled by the Lord, find your pleasure in Him. God has given us all things richly to enjoy; however, we are not to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but in the Lord (1 Timothy 6:17).

What do you take pleasure in? Do you take more pleasure in material things or people more than you do in the Lord? What your chief pleasure is will be your chief. What chief pleasure controls you now? Is Christ your chief pleasure? Or, does this world’s temporal pleasures have your attention?

Psalm 37:4 "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."


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