How Long Will You Love What Is Worthless? (5/16)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Psalm 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55.

O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him” (Psalm 4:2-3).

Too many have a warped sense of priorities, especially when it comes to spiritual things. They will reject the things of God, will consider righteousness a reproach, and will refuse to follow the truth. They mock such things and ridicule those who value them.

What is their alternative? They follow after the lusts of the world which are “passing away” (1 John 2:17). They accumulate earthly treasures which are uncertain (1 Timothy 6:17) and can be destroyed or stolen (Matthew 6:19). They reject God who is the giver of all good things (James 1:17). And they reject the truth by which they could be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:10) and “obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away” (1 Peter 1:4). No matter how valuable they believe their riches and lifestyles to be, they cannot compare with the things that God offers.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

When the end comes, it will not matter what we have gained in this life. All that will matter is whether or not we have served the Lord. Do not love what is, in the end, worthless so much that it distracts you from what is truly important – securing the reward in heaven that God will give to the faithful.

Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Samuel 16-18

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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