Sunday, September 23, 2012
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 6:9 KJV)
That’s half of our world. For Americans, it’s the side we’re used to seeing pictured. Off to the right is the moon. Now, what do we see that is ours? Or do we wander through day dreams of what we desire rather than seeing what is in front of our eyes.
Why is it so important to have the latest, greatest, gotta-stand-in-line-for-hours-to-get-it stuff? Will it really be gone or obsolete tomorrow and our lives will be empty because of that?
I read a friend’s post that she was closet cleaning and took bags of clothing to Good Will. She actually emptied a closet completely – of course, she had two more filled with clothes, some which no longer fit.
Are living as the parable:
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. (Luke 12:16-19 KJV)
Remember the next verse? Nope – not gonna type it here. Look it up if it has slipped away.
There’s another verse:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV)
What is considered treasures? Can we see them right in front of us? Or, do our eyes still wander to our neighbors and we find ourselves desiring something new, something different, something that will set us apart?
We are set apart. Paul knew it:
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. (Titus 2:13-15 KJV)
Peter did, too:
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV)
If we believe this, our hearts will be focused on our Lord and savior and we won’t follow a wandering desire.