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HUNGRY FOR HIM

According to John Piper, "The weakness of our hunger for God is not because He is unsavoury, but because we 'keep ourselves stuffed with other things.'

When I read that statement I immediately thought about an article I've read this past week.

The article was about the fact that we are not able to serve both God and entertainment.

We've become so addicted to entertainment in some shape or form and we don't even realise we are constantly craving it.

When we are bored, we turn on the television.

When we don't have anything to say to our spouse, friend or child, we grab our cell phone to check our email or Facebook.

Children are constantly playing games on their phones or PSP's. 

Entertainment has become our means of escape, as the writer of the article writes: "If I'm honest, I've had an unbridled love for frivolous entertainment—over the years I've used it primarily as a means of escape. Entertainment was used to distract me from the guilt of sin, friction in relationships or anxiety about work. It became what daily prayer and Bible reading should have been—a safe haven to retreat for rest and comfort."

I bet he is not the only person on the planet doing that.

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying technology is evil. Without technology you won't be reading what I am writing.

But John Piper has a point.

Maybe you are not using some form of entertainment or technology to stuff yourself so you have no hunger for God; maybe for you it is something completely different.

However, if we are honest, most of us would have to admit we have lost a great deal of our hunger for God because we have been stuffing ourselves with other things.

I intend to examine my life to see what I have been feeding on - the good and the bad.

I want to feed more on the good - God, His Word, prayer - and less on the bad.

Only by feeding on God and what is from Him will we develop a hunger for more of Him.

What have you been feeding on lately?