Monday, June 8, 2009

Nibbling at the World

My pastor preached on wisdom yesterday at church. From Proverbs chapter 1 he explained that wisdom cries out in the "noisy streets" but we will only hear that to which our hearts are attuned. We live among "noisy" streets--demands for our attention, entertainment overload, and satiated desires. So the question becomes, to what are we listening?

I have picked up a book I read years ago at seminary called A Hunger for God by John Piper. He says, "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 every night" (p. 14). Prime-time dribble of triviality. Wow. Preach it.

This is not going to be an anti-TV post. But we should continually evaluate what we allow to enter our ears, and eventually our hearts and minds--the noisy streets or the wisdom of God? The enemy disguises himself and his agenda with things that are pleasant to the eye. But it is the constant nibbling at the table of the world, as Piper describes, that ultimately leads us astray.

If you and I truly want to walk these days in wisdom, rather than riding the waves of our emotion and fleeting desire, we have to know the Author of wise things. We must fill our hearts and minds with that which truly satisfies a hungry soul--start indulging on the banquet of our Lord. We cannot eat from both tables. We choose moment-by-moment where our hearts will reside (see Matthew 6:24). Who or what will master us this day?

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