Why is it so tempting to “love pleasure rather than God”?

Pleasure is something we can control; God cannot be controlled.

Most pleasures can be obtained easily; love for God requires effort and sometimes sacrifice. Pleasure benefits us now; the benefits of loving God are often in the future. Pleasure has a narcotic effect; it takes our minds off ourselves and our problems. Love for God reminds us of our needs and our responsibilities. Pleasure cooperates with pride. It makes us feel good when we look good in the eyes of others. To love God we must lay aside our pride and our accomplishments.

Have you chosen to love pleasure, or to love God? How do you know?

They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. – 2 Timothy 3:4