Friday, 04 December 2020
“I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please” – Luke 4:6 NLT
The Bible is inspired and written by the Holy Spirit. GOD wanted to speak to the whole world and I’m sure there are many things that He would have loved to tell us. He then compressed everything into what we call the Bible. This then means that everything written in this book is thee most important information that we need to start our walk with Him, the owner’s manual if you may. Matthew 6:33 instructs us to seek first the Kingdom (knowledge of God) before anything else. Verse 26- 31 gives an example of the birds and how they don’t worry about anything. If He is already going to give us all things why tell us this? Since we have established that everything written in the Bible was chosen over other things He could have said or taught us, it means that this lesson is very crucial and it’s not to be taken lightly.
“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11b NIV). Why is Paul stressing the fact that you need to learn to be content in everything? Contentment means you do not worry about anything that most people deem necessary for survival. Ecclesiastes 12:13, in conclusion, says that you must fear GOD and keep His commands, this after he [Solomon] had acquired all the wisdom and the wealth in this world (he deems this to be more important than the riches). How many of us know friends or relatives who have been hustling for years and many years later their financial situation has not changed (they have been convinced for years that they are almost there)? In the above Scripture, Jesus is taken into the wilderness and satan tempts him in three ways. The temptations were addressing the needs we refer to today as necessities, things some of us are still actively pursuing.
What Jesus, Paul, and other witnesses realized was that pursuit of these things will distract you from thee ultimate pursuit, which is knowing GOD. You can’t serve two masters at the same time, which means you can’t truly simultaneously pursue GOD and riches. Satan gets you distracted in the pursuit of riches and nice things of this world and your priority shifts from GOD. Birds do not pursue these things and in the process are in the perfect will of God. Our pursuit removes us from the perfect will and the worry that comes with this pursuit drains our energy and steals the little joy that we have. People are committing suicide because of worries of this world, worries that GOD has instructed us not to entertain. They are carrying burdens that are not theirs to carry. The only thing we ought to be concerned about is our relationship with our maker. The only thing that should be giving us insomnia is our stagnant walk with GOD. “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it” (Proverbs 10:22 NIV). We are busy laboring and wasting our youth when we should be seeking GOD with all this energy.
Our pursuit removes us from the perfect will and the worry that comes with this pursuit drains our energy and steals the little joy that we have