Thursday, June 14, 2012

Feasting on Cheesecake and Chocolate

“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied.  It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world.  Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” (John Piper, A Hunger for God)

Clothes, soccer games, American Idol, The Hunger Games, a clean house, the perfect blog post, date night, hide and seek with the kids, promotions at work, quiet afternoons on the porch, music, chirping of birds, chocolate, social media. 

Filling our time and fulfilling our desires, these things give us great happiness.  When we’re feeling stress and frustration, we find the perfect mindless show on television or grab the cherry cheesecake from the fridge.  And we indulge, if only for a moment, in something that brings a smile to our face or tempts our taste buds. 

What’s wrong with spending a quiet afternoon on the porch sipping on sweet tea?  Didn’t God intend for us to enjoy the little moments in life that renew our souls?  Of course!  As I write this, I’m sitting on my deck, feeling the morning breeze in my hair and watching the sun make its slow climb into the blue sky.  And I am happy!

But, as I sit here, I am in danger.  Danger of enjoying the things God gives more than God Himself.  When I begin to worship the created rather than the Creator, I invite the sin of idolatry.  When we are more concerned with friendships and motherhood and marriages and having a clean house than we are with basking in the love and freedom of Christ, we are missing the point.  This is what the enemy wants! 

But look at all of this wonderful stuff around you!  It will all make you happy!  Spend your time and resources on it.  Taste and see that the…“stuff” is good?

And we nibble, finding happiness here and there, in small doses, but always just enough to fool our human minds into thinking this is all there is. 

When the things we love become our only focus, they quickly cloud our vision, and most of the time we don’t even recognize it, for this is the deceit of the enemy.  Working for worldly pleasure and human affirmation is the trap that steals our desire for real joy, simply because we’re enraptured with mere shadows of real joy. 

Who or what do you need to scrape away from your soul?  What takes your time and energy away from Jesus Christ?  What do you love too much

Remember, anything PLUS Jesus is idolatry.

Sit at the table of God today and feast.  Don’t waste time nibbling at the undercooked morsels the world has to offer you.  Don’t fill up on less-than-stellar appetizers when the main course is on its way.

"Taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Psalm 34:8 NIV)
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Laurie Collett said...

What a wonderful post! I love John Piper! It is so true that if we fill our lives and our souls with the things and ideas of the world, they will crowd out God's best for us.

Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I
invite you to follow mine, Saved by Grace:

Love in Him,

Laurie Collett said...

That is a favorite quote of mine from John Piper. He always says things that pierce my heart, stop me in my tracks, and causes me to think. This is a wonderful post and so true. God wants the good things we enjoy in this life to point us to Him, to remind us of the future that awaits, not to become god for us. There are so many things that take first place of God in my life. Thanks for ths post!

Mary Beth said...

I have never thought of it quite like that. Great perspective.


Jacqui said...

What a good reminder! It's so easy to turn our focus to things and off of God. As a result this is so true: "they quickly cloud our vision, and most of the time we don’t even recognize it."
Encouraging post Katie!

RedOakLane said...

thank you for this...i need to remember that it is OK to be still.


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