“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” Psalm 27:4
What is your greatest desire? What is the one thing for which you strive; that occupies your thoughts day and night? Do you want a better job? Do you need more money? Constantly thinking of satisfying sensual urges?
I have another question: Are you a Believer? No, not a Belieber (fan of a young pop star), but a Christian (one who accepts Christ as his Lord and Savior)? As Christians, our one true desire should be what David expressed in Psalm 27:4 – to be with the Lord all the days of our lives. We should seek a relationship with God above all things. His precepts should be at the forefront of our thoughts, they should guide us throughout the day and comfort us at night.
Striving for material possessions will produce days of disappointment and despair. Striving for a relationship with the Lord will strenthen you, give you hope and equip you with the confidence to face each day – the light, happy ones AND the dark, sad ones. The reality of living in this world is we do need need jobs and money in order sustain our physical needs. The confusion of the world is that we need more money and better jobs to live a prosperous life.
The reality of seeking of God first is realizing He will provide for you just as “the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)… So do not worry , saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and his rightouesness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31).” The confusion of some Christians is believing that following Christ will lead to more money and prosperity based upon the world’s definition. Sadly, many shepherds lead flocks based upon these principles rather than biblical principles.
If you have food, shelter and health YOU ARE ALREADY PROSPEROUS. Desiring more is only an exercise in frustration that will ultimately lead to the disillusionment that God must not care, especially when you see others you deem as having far less “faith” than you living in a home or driving a car that you want. Those who desire mansions on Earth, fancy cars and money have their reward now and will spend their rest of their lives worrying, planning and working to keep those possessions. Those who seek the Lord receive thier reward later, but the reward lasts for eternity with no worry. What they have now is comfort, peace and the strength of the Lord to sustain them through all of life’s situations.
So, Christians, Believers, honestly ask yourselves, “What do I really want?” If being with the Lord is not at the top of your list, what is? Is it truly worth more than a relationship with God?
May the Lord be with you today and always.