Friday, December 11, 2009

Hungry?

(Genesis 3:6) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Notice the appetites that were at work here. The appetite for food. The appetite for pleasure. The appetite for "wisdom." (Wisdom here is actually the desire to experience the understanding of good and evil promised by the serpent. It is not wisdom in a positive sense, but more like the desire for novel experiences that continue to push people to do dangerous and foolish and sinful things.)

But God wants us to be hungry for Him.
(Matthew 5:6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
We should be longing for the Living Water.
(John 7:37-38) ¶ On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
We should be seeking the true Bread of Life.
(John 6:27, 35) Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
35 ¶ And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Instead, we puddle around in pursuit of the fleeting pleasures of Vanity Fair. Here we buy up merchandise from shady characters. Does anyone really expect to get a Rolex from a scruffy guy with sixteen watches on each arm in a back alley deal? Will that satisfy your soul - or just develop your appetite for wrong things?
(Jeremiah 2:13) “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Lord help us to know the truth and to seek the things that are truly worthwhile. Let us have healthy appetites for the things that honor You. Keep us from the junk food the world has to offer.
(1John 2:15-17) ¶ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

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