Scripture in the Morning #38
A challenging quote, albeit a simple and short one (from John Piper)…
“Sometimes we earnestly seek after things from God rather than God Himself.”
Whenever someone writes something it is possible for we, the reader, to misunderstand what they were trying to say. Also, from the perspective of the writer, it is possible to write something that may not precisely reflect what we intend. With that in view, I would like to take a closer look at this Piper quote. So…
Is it bad to seek after things from God?
The Bible would seem to say, no. In fact, it is good to seek after things like strength, mercy, protection, forgiveness, and many, many other things from God’s bountiful grace. Hundreds of verses make this clear. Like…
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Lords prayer, in fact, calls us to seek after our ‘daily bread” from our God. After all, does not dependence upon God include trusting Him for all things? I think, Biblically, that it does.
So, it is unlikely that Piper is saying that we should not seek after things from God – because we should.
Perhaps his intent is to get us to consider that we might often go to the Lord and ask, and ask, and ask – without going as well to thank, to praise, and to love Him. Perhaps the thought is that we should seek after God and Love God not just for what He has done and is doing for us – though such is a great place to start. Perhaps his idea is that in addition to going to God for things – we should go to God to praise him, to worship Him and to love Him for who He is.
Perhaps the notion is to both praise Him for who He is and for what He has done.
Food for thought. Have a great day in the Lord!