Psalms 78:18 – And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
Numbers 11:19 – Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
Numbers 11:19 – But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
Hello readers, new blog today, and very short blog, and in fact I’m trying to keep my blogs shorter. Has been my aim for a while but doesn’t seem to stick.
The children of Israel were wandering around in the wilderness. The Bible says what happened to these guys was for our learning and admonition. There is nothing new under the sun, we do the same things they did. All guilty, all the same sinners, all repeat mistakes of the past, even when warned. We can’t help ourselves. God delivered them from Egypt, brought them out, they saw the miracles, they experienced the power and provision and deliverance and grace of God… but they were a faithless, hard hearted, rebellious bunch. So are we. What was in their hearts, what they truly were came to the fore in the wilderness. They were taken out of Egypt physically, but they never left Egypt inside. You can take them out of Egypt, but you can’t take the Egypt out of them!!! God faithfully provided manna for them … but they got sick of the manna and lusted after meat, they despised the Lord. We might not say we despise God, but we live a life that despises him. Jesus said, ye generation of vipers, how can ye being evil speak good things!? We all can talk a good game, but our life speaks louder, and our life often speaks very differently to what’s coming out of our mouth. We are living epistles, known and read of men, and men read us very well and see if we are a joke or not. So the children of Israel (yet again) provoked God, and we can so easily provoke God today. They never went into the promised land, because they had no faith in God. Hebrews says the gospel did not profit, not being mixed with faith in them that heard. Because the gospel is useless to you unless you believe it, forgiveness and eternal life is useless to you unless you take hold of it and receive it by faith. But will we, like them, go in circles in our little lives and waste out as they did?
But anyway, they were complaining and griping, they wanted meat (for their lust… and we often ask God for a lot of things… not because we really need it or it’d be good for us or is for God’s glory … but rather we just want things to consume them upon our lusts – that’s why many people don’t get answered prayer) … and God was angered, and God sent them meat, and more meat then they could handle, and in fact so much, and for so long, that they hated it. And God will do that to us today. There is a simple lesson to learn here. The things you lust after the most, the most pleasurable things, your crowning glories, are the very things that you will end up despising and loathing the most at the end. God will let you pursue a whole life of vanity, and then at the end it will be the thing you are absolutely disgusted with. We all have our own selfish ambitions, pursuits, lusts and things that we devote ourselves to and tire ourselves out upon and feed on. And yet those things, particularly as they either keep you from getting saved or from serving God, are what will be our bane for eternity as we pay an eternal cost for a very temporal thing. We trade in eternal for the right here, right now.
It is ironic that our whole life we can devote to our lust. I want this, I want that. We pursue and follow and go after our lusts. Our favorite things. Our favorite sins. Our life, our pursuits, our ambitions. The things we run to. What we look forward to. Jesus said where our treasure is there our heart will be also. Where’s our treasure? Being stored up in heaven? Or is our treasure in something worthless down here below. Are we invested in something worthless? What is our life all about and centered upon. Where our affections really are. We spend the best of ourselves, the best of our lives, the most precious things God has given us… and we use and waste it all on things which don’t matter, which have no value. Just like Esau who traded in his birthright for a morsel of food. That food is forgotten… long forgotten… it stopped being beneficial to him hours later when he hungered again… but the cost of what he did runs for eternity. We go our own way, we love our own way, and it looks so good to us, it pleases us, it seems right to us, and we justify it. We can devote ourselves, all we are, all we have to our lusts. We get so caught up in such vanity… and down the line, maybe not now, but down the line, the things that we love so much, the things that we spent our life and our best on, the things we invested in, are the things that will be the biggest regret, the biggest stink, the thing that vexes our soul and spirit the most. The gnashing of teeth and weeping and wailing and torment of hell must be because of such regret. Memories of waste, memories of such poor choices.
We lust, we get. Day after day, month after month, year after year. Our lives are all about us. But at the end it is, and will be loathsome to us ourselves. It will come out at our own nostrils. The biggest stink in life is the stink of realizing just how stupid and vain and useless the things we were devoting ourselves to and involved in were, how deceived we were, we choke on our own sin, when we see sin and lust for what it is… it stinks of death, and we spent ourselves on things that robbed us, thieved us, deceived us, took from us… but that looked so good… we choke on a misspent youth, we choke on the absolute death of a life sown to our flesh and lust. It is the irony that what we wanted, what we got, is what will be the biggest regret in our life. It could be anything, and is probably different for all of us. We have our favorite hobbies, pastimes, things maybe not even necessarily wrong, but things that are a stumblingblock to us, things we put before God, substitutes for actually doing what we should be doing. And at the end, our favorite things, our most treasured things, the things we coveted, the things we wanted, pursued and got, are the exact things that will be the bane of our eternal existence.
You can and I can lust after a lot of things. And God will give us that. The father let the prodigal son go, and he spent his life on riotous living, on pleasure, on his lust, on experiences, on parties, on harlots. It was only after all that, when God got him to a point where he was lusting after pig food slaving in the pig pen, because sin will just keep taking you down and down in a spiral and tire you out… that he finally came to himself and acknowledged his sin against God and against heaven. We all need to come to ourselves as he did. God will let us go a long way, stray a long way, all our own way, because when we are lost, then we can finally be saved.
If you don’t want light, God will give you darkness. If you don’t want the wisdom of God, you will get delusion. If you don’t want truth, you’ll believe a lie. And likewise, you reject the manna, and God will let you feast your entire life on your lust. He’ll let you feast on something that sickens you. And at the end, it will come out our nostrils and be loathsome to us. The best way to cure someone of something is to let them have it, we can eat food in our lives so much we get sick of it… sometimes we need a whole lot of what we wanted to realize it for the garbage it is. God might let you get what you wanted to wake you up. If and when we ever come to ourselves, our years of devotion to and spending our affection on utter worthlessness which may have had pleasure, which may have seemed right, which may have eased us, comforted us, which was our little niche and substitute for the real thing in our life, is what we will regret and bemoan the most.
So what’s the summary? The exact things we lust and love the most that are not centered on Jesus Christ, are the things we will end up HATING the most. Lust and pleasure of the world last for a while. But down the track… they only last a season. And then all we are left with is the consequences. It may take a life time to recognize the utter waste and vanity of a misspent life, but it will dawn eventually. And the irony is that our favourite sin, our favorite lust, our favorite desire, our favorite things in life, are exactly what will be loathsome to us. A stink in our nostrils. God let it happen to Israel, he will let it happen to you. What do must we do? Turn to God in repentance and faith. Confess our sins, and get to the foot of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s the gospel, go to Jesus and keep your eyes and focus on him. Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.