We in America and Canada and even in Europe are very blessed because we have access to tremendous amounts of Biblical Instruction. Whether we are watching a sermon on YouTube or streaming it from our favorite church or listening to our favorite Bible Teacher on MP3 or reading the plethora of great books out there on how to live the Christian life, how to overcome struggles, how to save your marriage, how to raise Godly kids, etc, etc, etc... there is something out there for everyone! Now I will grant you that some of it is not exactly Biblical and some is down right heretical, so all of us must be careful to test everything we hear and see against Scripture. But, let's face it, we are the church generation with the most knowledge! Never before in history has the church had access to so much instruction.
So, shouldn't we be the church that's on fire for God the most?? Shouldn't we be the holiest of saints? the people who, out of all preceding generations, represent God the best? Unfortunately that's not the case, is it? In fact, in many areas, it's very hard to pick out the Christians from the non-believers. Divorce rates are equal within and without the church to name one statistic. I imagine other things are as well such as porn, alcohol and drug addictions. Even child molestation. What the heck is going on?
Remember King David and his son, Solomon in the Bible? David was always referred to as a "man after God's own heart" and Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. David loved God. He worshipped God with all his heart. All you need to do is read the Psalms to realize that David loved God above everything else and longed to not only please Him but to be with Him every second of his life here and into eternity. He wrote things like
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God Psalm 42
One thing I have desired of the Lord and one thing I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life Psalm 27
I would rather be a door keeper in the house of God than dwell in the tents of the wicked Psalm 84
Sounds like someone madly in love, doesn't it? Yes, David made mistakes, some pretty big ones, but He loved God and he made a habit of spending time with God and worshiping Him and getting to know Him.
Solomon, on the other hand, possessed all the wisdom of the world, but he didn't truly know God. We never read anything of his where he actually expresses intense love and reverence for God like his father had, at least not until the end of his life. He actually spent most of his life far away from God enjoying the pleasures of his wisdom and wealth.. and ending up quite miserable. Try reading Ecclesiastes sometime if you don't believe me.
What does this tell us? Perhaps we ought to turn off the sermons, put down the books, even stop going to Bible studies for awhile, and instead, get alone with God. Talk to Him, get to know Him, love Him and worship Him. Ask Him to develop a spirit of worship in your heart and to help you get to know Him. He LOVES that kind of prayer!. But you have to take the time to do it. Relationships cost. If you're spending more free time reading about God and studying God than spending time with Him, then you're doing nothing more than filling your head with wisdom like Solomon. And look where that got him. Be a David. Live a life of devotion and worship. I guarantee you won't be sorry!