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 following lyrics, “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.” - Psalm 84:10 Also today's "gold nugget", “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure with trouble.” Although it is said easily, do we truly understand and feel this way. 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 up. Although that is exactly what God has offered to us, many people pass on this offer. Why is it? I believe there are two things at work in this scenario today. The first is the ever decreasing belief in an infallible, inerrant Word from God. Less and less of us believe that the scriptures are infallible and this WILL lead to less and less people believing in God and therefore, they see no need to live their lives like there is any reward or punishment thereafter. The second is the inability of people today to see more than a few feet in front of them. Trading a lifetime of servitude and guaranteed suffering or afflictions is not worth what they see as too far off. They don’t see the rush or urgency in giving their life to God today. Both of these are false security and can only be expelled by the truth of God’s Word, but it isn’t likely to be read by them. It is most likely going to be read by watching those that live it. Are you living it or do you even know it enough to practice it today?
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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