The casualties of the consumption war
“They will eat but not have enough; they will engage in prostitution but not flourish.” (Hosea 4:10)
Ultimately, living apart from God will not lead to satisfaction or growth. We can have all the food in the world and still not have enough if we aren’t honoring God. We can pursue every sexual desire (prostitution) and still not grow if we aren’t serving God.
- You can be in a crowd of people and still be lonely.
- You can have access to nearly infinite information through Google and still be foolish.
Consumption isn’t enough because it doesn’t lead to significance. Food is good, and so is sex. But the pursuit of consumption doesn’t get us where we need to be. We need God’s presence. Living according to God’s will leads to contentment (having enough) and flourishing. This is what we were created for!
Let us seek God first. Let us turn away from the things that keep us from him. Let us pay attention to our discontent, for it is a warning light that we are wandering off the path of devotion.