August 26 “Heros, culture & your treasure”

treasureWhere is your treasure? But, before you answer …

Who are your heroes? What do you enjoy reading more—your Bible or People magazine? On what game show would you do better—The American Bible Challenge or a pop culture version? What does all that say about where your heart or, as Jesus said, where your treasure is?

Today’s Readings:
Ecclesiastes 1 & 2
Psalm 102.1-11
Proverbs 24.1-2
1 Corinthians 7.20-40

Ecclesiastes 1 & 2:

Finding satisfaction in the daily activities of life

Solomon most likely wrote this book during the later years of his life after he had squandered much of his energy on earthly pursuits. He wrote this book to others, especially young people, to warn them about the futility of trying to find happiness in the things of this world. As he points out the “vanity” of such pursuits, he shares many nuggets of wisdom.

In chapters 1 & 2 he warns that even wisdom for wisdom’s sake is vanity, as are seeking after pleasure, building projects, and accumulating possessions. He tried and failed to find satisfaction in power, great wealth, and fame. Work for work sake didn’t bring satisfaction either. In fact, he came to realize that all his accomplishments meant nothing in light of eternity. Everything he accumulated here on earth would someday be left to others.

In the midst of all this we read this nugget:

“Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (2.24).

Instead of seeking satisfaction in success, wealth, power, and other pursuits, we should learn to find satisfaction in the daily activities of life.

feelingsPsalm 102.1-11:

Living by feelings

Here in the first part of this psalm the writer focuses almost entirely on his feelings. When he did, he felt as if God had abandoned him. The same can happen to us.

Feelings are not sinful in and of themselves, but if we live by our feelings rather than God’s principles, we will end up shipwrecked in our faith. Feelings can cause us to justify anger and bitterness and sin of every sort. Instead of living life based on our feelings, we must trust God and obey Him in spite of our feelings.

But as the psalm continues, we’ll see the psalmist turn his focus from his feelings to the character of God.

Proverbs 24.1-2:

Where is your treasure?

Verse 1, “Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them.”

People MagazineWho captivates your attention? Is it Hollywood celebrities or committed Christians? Do you spend more time reading your Bible or People magazine? Would you do better at The American Bible Challenge or a pop culture version? Do you know more about Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, or the Apostle Paul?

Jesus said, “… where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6.21).

What do your answers say about where your treasure is?

1 Corinthians 7.20-40:

Content or discontent

These remaining verses of chapter 7 talk about being content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves—whether married or single. Paul points out the advantages of being single when it comes to freedom to serve the Lord. He also says that it is perfectly acceptable to marry as long as we marry another believer.

bride, poor choiceBut being discontent in this area is often disastrous!

As a counselor and as a mom, grandmother, and friend, I can tell you that I’ve seen many people I love and care about make poor choices about marriage because they were not content waiting on God’s timing or taking Him at His Word.

When we really want to be married, we will accept “he goes to church with me” or “I’m sure she’ll get saved” or “he respects my desire to go to church” in place of a fruit-bearing walk with Christ. Only to find out after we are in the covenant relationship of marriage that our new spouse has no real interest in the things of God and is often resentful or antagonistic about our involvement in church.

Lou Priolo says, “For a Christian, a marriage is a hard thing to get out of without sinning.”

I tell unmarried people all the time, “Right now you have a choice whether or not to marry this person. Be wise! But if you marry them, my counsel to you will have to be entirely different. Once you’re married, you must seek to make it work, possibly, for the next 20, 30, or 40 years!” That can be a long time when unequally yoked!

So, if you’re single, treasure what Christ says is important and be content where you are. And, if you’re married, seek to be the best husband or wife you can be and find contentment there.

Blessings,
Donna

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2 thoughts on “August 26 “Heros, culture & your treasure”

  1. I think for so long, I have put my treasure into my own feelings of worth. But I’m find freedom in just treasuring Jesus and relying on Him for my worth.

    • Jen,
      That’s a trap we have probably all fallen into, but as you said, how freeing to just trust in Him.
      All for His glory!