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In case you didn't get what you wanted for Christmas...

God delivers us from the love and pollution of sin--by bitter disappointments. God has plainly warned us of the vanity of all earthly pursuits.

"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." (Ecclesiastes 2:11)

This was written by one who was permitted to gratify the physical senses as no other ever has. Yet we do not take this warning to heart, for we do not really believe it. On the contrary, we persuade ourselves that satisfaction is to be found in things under the sun--that the creature can give contentment to our hearts. As well attempt to fill a circle with a square!

The heart was made for God--and He alone can meet its needs. But by nature we are idolaters, putting things in His place. Those things we invest with pleasing qualities which they do not possess, and sooner or later our delusions are rudely exposed to us, and we discover that the pleasing images in our minds are only dreams--that the golden idol is but clay after all!

(Arthur Pink, "A Fourfold Salvation" 1938)

Comments

Mel said…
I printed this lovely gem of a post out so that I can read it to my family. May we have ears to hear and hearts to understand this life-changing message.

There are two blogs that I can always count on (every single time) to open my eyes to another aspect or a clearer understanding of the character, nature and/or glory of our Creator. Yours is one of them. The other one is called "Pilgrim in Conflict." If you haven't checked it out, I hope you will. I believe you will be blessed by it. There's a link to it on my blog. I just left a comment on his site recommending him to yours as well.

Love ya! Merry Christmas!

Mel
TruthMatters said…
Isn't it wonderful how God can use this little blog to post something from 1938 that will strengthen us in the faith and increase our knowledge and love for our Lord and Savior?

Praise His Holy name on this Christmas evening and everyday.

Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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