Wants and Needs

I ran across this great quotations while studying for a Bible study on John. It is from Alexander MacLaren’s exposition of John 4:10 (p. 211):

Is it not strange that men should not desire; is it not strange and sad that such foolish creatures are we that we do not want what we need; that our wishes and needs are often diametrically opposite? All men desire happiness, but some of us have so vitiated our tastes and our palates by fiery intoxicants that the water of life seems dreadfully tasteless and unstimulating, and so we will rather go back again to the delusive, poisoned drinks than glue our lips to the river of God’s pleasures.”


1 Comment

  1. November 6, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) – one of my favorite preachers. He retired in 1903 after 57 consecutive years of pastoral ministry. Then, aged 77 already, he began the massive task of preparing and publishing his “Expositions of Holy Scripture” (1904-1910) – 32 volumes in its original format. Amazing.

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