In Pslam 42 it says,
"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."
So often in my life I find that I hunger and thirst for things that really don't matter for eternity. Do you ever find yourself so steeped in the affairs of the world, that the still small voice of God is barely audible? I often find myself stopping at the end of the day, looking at my to-do list...things that were completed, things that were not, and thinking...is this really what God wanted me to be doing today? Because you know what...He does have a daily plan for our lives. Most of the time, we are too busy about life that we never stop to ask Him. How different our daily tasks would look if we did! How many opportunities to share the Gospel, to minister to someone, to lend a listening ear, to spend a quiet moment in God's word, to practice praying without ceasing would we experience? How often would that irritation in our voices change to love? How often would our complaining become falling on our knees in petitions before a Holy God?
And many times, it is not extravagant things that drive us from God, but the routine...our hobbies, our entertainment, our relationships. Now, I am not saying these things are bad. God gave us many pleasures to enjoy in moderation. But, when our hobbies take most of our time and money and we neglect God, they become our idol. When our entertainment causes us to miss fellowship with the saints on the Lord's Day, it has replaced God. When we run to our friends and family with troubles before we ever fall on our faces before God, our priorities are not right.
John Piper states in his book "A Hunger for God,"
“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). ...the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth.”
Yes, I am guilty. How about you? Let's commit to hungering and thirsty after the only One that deserves such reverence. May you have a wonderful Lord's Day tomorrow.