“Happiness, Sacrifice, Obedience & the Goal of Life” December 21

 

What is the goal of life? - Many believe the goal of life is happiness. Even when we say we know better, we often live like it is. What should the goal of life be for a believer?Many believe the goal of life is happiness. Even when we say we know better, we often live like it is. What should the goal of life be for a believer?

Our reading in Revelation tells us about the Two Witnesses. With fire to devour their enemies, the power to shut heaven, turn water to blood, and strike the earth with plagues, they will warn, preach, and prophesy during the first half of the Tribulation.

 

Today’s Readings:
Micah 6 & 7
Psalm 145.10-16
Proverbs 30.15
Revelation 11.1-19

 

Happiness, Sacrifice, Obedience & the Goal of Life

 

Micah 6 & 7:

The Goal of Life

 

Chapter 6.6-8 is so important for us to remember:

6 With what shall I come before the LORD,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

1 Samuel 15.22 says it this way:

“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.

God does not want our sacrifices alone. He isn’t looking for religious activity or mere outward obedience. What He desires is obedience from a heart that truly desires to please Him.

For a believer, that should be the goal of life … pleasing God!

So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him (2 Cor. 5.9 NLT).

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 145.10-16:

The Source of Everything

 

Gift box in female hands

Verse 16, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

God is the source of all provision. Sinful man often thinks he is his own source, but every gift, every talent, and every ability, ultimately come from Him. James said it this way, 1.17:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

 

Proverbs 30.15:

Never Enough

 

“The leech has two daughters—Give and Give!”

Proverbs 27.20 says:

“Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”

Those who refuse to be satisfied with that which God has provided will not find contentment in what they desire or strive for either! If happiness could be found in the stuff of this world, Hollywood would be the happiest place on earth. But instead, as the media headlines attest, for the most part, it’s a merry-go-round of drinking, drugs, extramarital sex, and broken families.

 

Revelation 11.1-19:

His Two Witnesses

 

Two witnesses

With fire to devour their enemies, the power to shut heaven, turn water to blood, and strike the earth with plagues, His two witnesses will warn, preach, and prophesy during the first half of the Tribulation.

“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth” (Rev. 11.3).

Even in the midst of God’s judgment, He sends His two witnesses with signs and wonders to warn those who will listen and offer the gift of salvation to those who will believe.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!
Donna

 

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