Love this quote
“If Christ is followed only because his gifts are great and his threats are terrible, he is not glorified by his followers. A defective lord can offer great gift and terrible threats. And a person may want the gifts, fear the threats, and follow a lor whom they despise or pity or find boring or embarrassing, in order to have the gifts an avoid the threats. If Christ is to be glorified in his people, their following must be rooted not mainly in his promised gifts or threatened punishments, but in his glorious Person.”
From When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper (page 36). It’s not a difficult read, and it’s very good (although I do concede he makes some logical leaps I’m not sure I agree with– Still thinking on this.)
Habakkuk said something similar:
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.