Attending the University of Arkansas, there was an all you can eat Tuesday night pizza buffet. It was nearly forty years ago, but I remember it like yesterday. It was not the pizza or low price that stands out today. It was the Razorback basketball game I attended after consuming far too many slices of pizza. I do not remember who won or lost the game because all I wanted was some relief from too much pizza and the beverages I drank trying to quench the thirst it created. My desire for the vanities of the world is in stark comparison. I gorge on the fruit of the fallen world, and I am bloated, miserable and unhappy with life.
Three thousand years ago Solomon one of the wealthiest kings of all time wrote, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Eccles. 2:10-11)) The tragic fate of my life is I am perpetually in pursuit of the desires of the flesh, but starving to death in the hunger of my soul and spirit. King Solomon understood the pleasures of the world last for a moment and then disappear forever.
“If you are starving and can find nothing to satisfy your hunger, then come, Come, and you will be filled.” Jeanne Guyon
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