Worldliness Part 6 – FEED ME!

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 6

So far, we’ve seen that worldliness among God’s people is something which
creeps into the heart and mind – producing its ill effects in all sorts of ways. It
begins with a lack of understanding God’s own purposes in salvation, seeing it
only in terms of ourselves. When our praise is based more on God’s works than
His person; when we grow shortsighted in remembering His wondrous works on
our behalf; and an unwillingness to wait God’s time in working out His
providence. All of these smack of hearts that are self-focused, self-centered,
and not God oriented. And the fifth is one more like those that came before.
Verse 14 gives us the picture: “But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
and put God to the test in the desert.” Numbers 11 opens up the problem in
graphic detail. God had been miraculously feeding the Israelites on manna. And
they weren’t satisfied. Yes, manna was sweet. It was nutritious, free, and cost
them only the labor of gathering it each day. But they still had a craving for the
meat they used to be able to get in Egypt. Yes, they knew manna was God’s
personal provision for them, yet they grew weary of it. Maybe it was the fact
that it was the same thing every day. We DO crave variety. Maybe it just plain
wasn’t what they “wanted”. But it was God’s provision. And so it is the worldly
heart is always exposed by our unwillingness to be satisfied with God’s
provisions for us. We always want more. Or other than what we have. We are
never satisfied with His choices – we want our tastes met. It shows itself in our
consumer mentality toward churches. Our main concern isn’t if we are being fed
God’s good diet, but whether or not our tastes are met. Tickle our ears.
Entertain us. Give us variety, options, the kinds of things we got back in Egypt,
in the world. Just baptize them by doing it in the church. Cater to our desires,
don’t just meet our needs. And DO NOT require us to change our tastes – to
cultivate heavenly ones over earthly. Satisfy us as we want. Which God did.
Verse 15 spells it out: “He gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting
disease among them.” Or as other translations have it – “He sent leanness to
their soul.” Oh God – give us the appetites of Heaven!


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