Word of the Day
“In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The LORD is in His holy Temple, the LORD’s Throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth. Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; His countenance doth behold the upright.”(Psalm 11).
Jesus tells us, “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.”(Matt.6:19-21).
The Psalmist speaks of where I am to put my trust in life. I have the choice of placing my trust in the Eternal God or in myself. When I am the lord of my life, I will choose the things that I can see, touch, feel and hear. And because these things are the primary pursuits of my life, I will always oppose anything and everything that God values.
And in opposing God, I become the enemy of God, and even a hater of God. Because He will always point out the fallacy that I choose to call the lord of my life. In doing so, I join the ranks of those who resist Him and will stand in opposition to Him and to His people.
Jesus tells us that we have a choice between the eternal and the temporal. According to Scripture, the things that I can see, touch, feel and hear are the temporal, and those things that are invisible to human eyes is the eternal(I Cor.4:18; II Peter 3:10-12).
The things that Jesus speaks of are far more than simple money and material things. Anything in life can become my treasure, whether it be a bank account, investments, a job, family, health, vacations, retirement, possessions…anything that holds the uppermost place in my life. And in this day of worldly materialism, we have so many things from which to choose that will capture our hearts and minds.
The modern man has allowed himself to become engrossed with so many things that the world offers to him. When we watch TV, we find anything from sex to extreme wealth to pursue and worship. And do we ever cling to almost everything that we see!!
Both the Psalmist and Jesus have in view those things that hold my absolute attention, that will divert my allegiance away from the Creator God. Admittedly, it is a very difficult thing to pass over all the fool’s gold and glitter that appeals to the human appetite. Here in America, the most valuable thing for anyone of us is our “worth”, our “wealth”. And this is measured by how much we have saved, what our investment portfolio is worth, how well our quarterly IRA report is doing, vacations and vacation houses, luxury automobiles, our kid’s college savings, retirement “nest eggs” and how high in the company we have advanced.
In other words, the most pursued things are the material because it is these things that we can measure using the world’s yardstick.
And it is this mindset that the Psalmist says falls under the judging hand of Almighty God. The saddest of this is that a very large portion of us in America who are clinging to the world is found sitting in church pews every Sunday, teaching our Sunday School classes, sitting on deacon boards and even standing behind our pulpits.
And it is here in America that we are calling on God to bless us. We claim we want Him to continue to pour out His mighty blessings on us as He has in years gone by, but that is the only thing that we have for God or want from Him.
So, the bottom line is that our treasures and our hearts are on the temporal, the material, rejecting the unseen things and crying out for God to bless us. How is that even possible? No matter whether this be an individual or a nation, we are called on to make a choice between the eternal(the unseen) or the temporal(the material), and it is what we choose that determines where our hearts are.
And how, pray tell, can my heart be in two places at one time? I cling to the material(the temporal and the world) or the unseen(the eternal). And that is one more big order. I can tell myself that it is no choice, that naturally I choose the eternal, but there are times when I am not so sure. How ’bout you?