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Proverb – What do You Value?

Proverbs 10:2
Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.

This sounds like an oxymoron.  A treasure that’s of no value.  How does that work?  I guess it all depends upon your perspective.

In the natural realm, any treasure is good and valuable, no matter how it’s gotten.  That’s the trouble with us humans, we can’t see the big picture.  We look at what will make us feel good right now.  That’s why so many people in our generation have clawed and fought their way up the corporate ladder, only to find out it was leaning against the wrong wall.

We get trapped in the love of money and excuse it away.

“I’m doing this for you, so you can be comfortable.”

“This extra job is only temporary.”

It is only after we have lost those people who are dear to us that we start to question if it was worth it.

Righteousness – a life lived with God’s priorities in view, delivers us from death.  No, not the grave, but from a living death.  Living your life in God’s will for you will keep your relationships from dying.  It will keep you from an unfulfilled life.  Then, in your later years, you can look back with no regrets.

After all, what is value?  We are eternal beings.  Only a miniscule part of our existence will be lived in this life.  As wonderful as money seems right now, it is only an illusion.

Don’t get me wrong, I need money to get by, the same as everyone else.  But money has no eternal value.  It is only good for life on this planet.  I need to be storing up eternal wealth.  That’s where righteousness comes in.  It will last throughout the ages to come.

As I said, it all comes down to perspective.  What is important to you?  Better yet, what is going to be important to you one million years from today?  Remember, there will come a day when things that you highly valued will suddenly become worthless.  And things that you didn’t care about will suddenly become of supreme importance.

Start planning now for your life in eternity.  It will reap the greatest profit you could ever hope to achieve.

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Isaiah 54:10
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

They seem so powerful, so enduring.  Their immense size and lofty construction give us the idea that they will last forever.  Yet a viewing of the pictures of the Mount St. Helens tragedy illustrates how even a mountain can crumble at any time.

We, as human beings, tend to be impressed very easily.  We are quick to use labels such as “always”, “never”, and “forever.”  We seem to apply these to the most inappropriate parts of life – governments, economies, relationships, and so many other man-made institutions.  The events of September eleventh proved the foolishness of that kind of thinking.

Don’t fall into the trap of assigning eternal value to temporary things.  In spite of all this, there is a stable place in the world.  Even though the seemingly unshakable can topple, God’s love, His covenant, and His compassion will never fail.  They are established, eternal, and unshakable.

Meditate on the Lord’s faithfulness today.  Give Him praise for His unchanging and unwavering love – that love which reaches down to us at our point of need.  Spend time in the presence of the Eternal One today.  Receive from Him what you need to be established in your way.

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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