Archive for May 19th, 2017

Today’s passage is a criticism of Israel’s way of life, of their luxuries and their easy living, of their greed and desire to material things. God then goes on to say that He despises their arrogance and their great buildings (v.8) comparing them to boulders that cannot be moved, broken or put to good use (v.12). Unlike yesterday’s passage, it is difficult to find anything encouraging in this particular message, and perhaps this is because it is one that the world has not paid heed to.

How easy it is to stick to our comfort zones! We live in a world that encourages us that if we buy things, our lives will be better; if we eat, wear, do certain things we will have an easier life. Our culture is one that is determined not to have a hard life, and not to step out of our comfort zone for a second, and we – myself included – have a tendency to go along with it. It’s an attitude that we accept almost without thinking, and that is the danger.

When Jesus walked this earth, He – quite literally – owned the clothes on his back and the shoes He wore. “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay His head.” (Luke 9:58) Whilst it is certainly true that Jesus had an immensely difficult life, He gave us the example to follow. He performed incredible things through the power of the Holy Spirit, and had the perfect relationship with God the Father, one which was unlike any, before or since; one which as Christians we aspire to emulate. He even demonstrated – in word and in deed – that through Him we would receive eternal life. If that is the case, what else might we need to enrich our lives, to make them worth living?

We know well enough that it is not the case that God doesn’t want us to have good things (Matthew 7:11). However, what is shown to us in today’s passage is that there is a danger when we become dependent upon them and become unwilling to practise the faith by which Jesus lived and ministered – the faith that God will take care of us, and that we will lack nothing (Psalm 23:1). Today, let’s remember the place that our material things hold, and put God first instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father God, we’re sorry for the times where we have not put You first. Help us to remember that it is You who takes care of us, and to thank You each and every day for it.

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