It’s the Little Things That Keep Us From 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
greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts.
And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but
for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an
appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable,
and almost incurable.

~John Piper
A Hunger for God

 

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I'm a wonderer. I spend a lot of time mulling, pondering, and cogitating. This is just a place to park some of those thoughts.
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4 Responses to It’s the Little Things That Keep Us From God

  1. If Luke were writing today, he probably would have recorded that people said “I’d love to come to the banquest, but I need to check my Facebook/xanga, etc”…This weblog is pricking me…

  2. BooksForMe says:

    Yeah, man!  Amen, amen, amen!!! God help us, because the road of compromise is a progressive one. We do not remain stagnant in sin, but are continuously increasing the degree to which we are willing to forsake the Lord. One of Satan’s greatest deceptions is that we think are in control of how much dribble we drink and how much world in which we partake.

  3. walkintrust says:

    Oh my goodness!! I think I must read his book.  Thanks for giving me something to think about – not that I’m sitting here with nothing in my brain:)

  4. homefire says:

    @specialtreasure – oh, ouch!  You are so right.@BooksForMe – Good point.  We tend to always think we are in control until it is WAY too late.@walkintrust – Did you notice that it’s a link to the whole book online?  I just started a new Bible study at http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/ that recommended reading this.  So far I am *very* impressed with the study.  It doesn’t take a huge amount of time, yet it asks very thought-provoking questions.  Reminds me a lot of WDW–you went to that, didn’t you?  I have a mentor who corresponds with me about the material every day, which is amazing in this automated day and age.  And it’s free–can’t beat that!   

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