“Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” (Pro 23:5)
We chase after investments and money to enjoy a lifestyle and security. While these are not necessarily bad things, they are a false hope if that are our only source of security.
Wealth can disappear in an instant. Share markets crash, asset bubbles burst, and investments go sour. Economies change; banks and companies fail; and war, revolution, or famine can destroy entire counties.
True peace and contentment coupled with assurance and security can only be found in the One Who never changes and Who is the Rock of Ages.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is certainty only in You. Amen.
“The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.” (Pro 14:20)
Friends are a good thing. I am a social being, and I enjoy others’ company and meeting with friends. But are we selective in our friendships? Do we exclude the less fortunate or those who have some social stigma?
Alternatively, do we pursue friendships with people who are of influence or standing so we can gain some respect? We may even do so without realizing our true motivations.
Jesus was called a sinner because He associated with the wrong kind of people. He is our example, and we would do well to emulate Him even if we receive the same tarnished reputation.
Quick Prayer: Give me wisdom in friendships. Amen.
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1 Tim 6:11)
What are the things we should pursue in life? The world and our human nature say we should pursue significance, security, selfish ambition, pleasure, power, wealth, and fortune. That is quite an appealing combination and in essence not all bad.
But what would God have us to pursue? What would He have us chase after and hunt down with all our passion and focus? They are righteousness, godliness, faith, love, gentleness, and everyone’s favorite, endurance.
These are the fruit of the Holy Spirit. As we draw close to Him, we begin to reflect and produce this fruit. Consider how we can pursue these God-given goals; it is well worth dwelling on.
Quick Prayer: Help me pursue what is good. Amen.