Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 15
Verse 16: “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure with trouble.”
Chris Tomlin sings a popular song you may be familiar with. The lyrics are, “Better is one day in Your courts, Better is one day in Your house, Better is one day in Your courts, than thousands elsewhere” I love the song and the verse that inspired it, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Also, today's "gold nugget", “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure with trouble.” If someone asked us if we would suffer a year of hardships for an eternity of bliss, prosperity, and perfect health, we would ask where to sign. I believe there are two things that cause people to live as if there is no eternity. The first is the ever-decreasing belief in the Word of God. Less and less of us believe that the scriptures mean what they say. Therefore, they see no need to live their lives like there is a reward or punishment to come.
The second thing that cause people to live as if there is no eternity. is their inability to see more than a few feet in front of them. Trading a lifetime of servitude and guaranteed suffering or afflictions is not worth a reward so far off. They do not see the rush or urgency in giving their life to God today. Both reasonings are false security and can only be expelled by the truth of God’s Word. Unfortunately, most people but do not read God's Word. James 4:14, says, "Life is but a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” A healthy understanding of how short this life is and how long eternity is, will lead to a life lived with proper perspective and endurance.
Lord, help us to have a commitment to your Word and a desire to share it with a society that is turning away from you. Give us both wisdom and love to share your truth. Amen
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