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Glory in This

By Watchman | July 31, 2009

   “Thus says the Lord:  ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness in the earth.  For in these I delight,’  says the Lord.”  (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

     What is most important to you? 

     How you answer that question in the very depths of your heart may well determine both your attitudes during your lifetime and your eternal destination.  God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah quoted above, makes it clear that what is to be most important to those who call themselves by His name is their relationship with Him.  We are not to “glory” in our wealth, our intelligence or our fame, but to glory only in the truth that He loves us.  That is the way of God.  It is not, however, the way of the world.  Which will you choose to follow?

 

      More than ever before in history, we are being forced into some very clear choices between the world’s way and the way of righteousness.  The world has changed in these last days, and our hearts must be prepared to meet those changes and decide once and for all whether  we will choose to live in  freedom or in bondage.  Now, anyone reading this who is not a believer in Christ would think that this is upside-down thinking for a Christian.  We are told now by the movies we see, the television programs we watch, the books we read, the friends we hang with and the general culture prevelent in developed society that Christians live a narrow and mean-spirited existance: intolerant, unfulfilled and judgmental.  What these people do not understand, and cannot until the Holy Spirit pries the blinders off their eyes, is that the only true freedom is found in the observance of the laws of God.   Most of us who have children or have worked with children know that freedom and creativity develops best and most responsibly when there are parameters beyond which the children are encouraged not to roam.  We stop them when they are about to chase a ball into traffic and insist they stay in a circumscribed area because we know that if they do not obey us they endanger their well being.  We are not keeping them from exercising their rights; we are keeping them safe.  God has proscribed certain behaviors because they are not in our best interests; because He wants to keep us safe.  He encourages us to be creative and to grow into the self-reliant, self-respecting and self-controlled people that He always intended us to be.  

     The rules for many in our society have changed.  “Do what you want as long as you’re all consenting adults”  is the new rule.  “What does it matter what you do as long as no one is hurt by it?”  we ask.   For one thing, God set up certain standards for us because He knew that if we abused our freedoms, someone would surely be hurt by it.  There is no such animal as a “victimless” crime.  When God’s law is not followed, there is always a victim.  Don’t believe me?  Look at the divorce statistics in the US where one in two marriages now ends in divorce.  The children of these broken homes are more likely to commit crimes than their counterparts in families that have remained together, and both the women and children are more likely to be living in poverty.  As a general rule (NOT without exceptions), men have given up their God-appointed role as provider and spiritual guide for the family and has delegated much of this role to their spouses.  “Male bashing” has become an acceptable pastime for women, which has resulted in the lowering of the self-esteem that is a necessary part of the male psyche.  Couples become more abusive to each other as they concentrate predominantly on their own needs instead of their partners’; relationships become unacceptably strained and the marriages fall apart.  No victims because of society’s new-found “freedom”?  Have any of you taken notice of the rampant spread of STDs?  Of the fatherless children being born into poverty with little hope for a good life?  Of the babies who are never allowed the chance to be born at all?  More and more of our young people are sexually promiscuous at very early ages.  Some are experimenting with homosexual relationships that might have never been contemplated had not society in general been telling them that the homosexual lifestyle (condemned by God) is legitimate.  Our government is cutting off funding for abstinance programs  in the schools while they are increasing funds for sex education and “diversity training” for children as young as those in the first grade.  My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are becoming a nation of victims.  Victims of our own selfishness.  Victims to the bondage of sin which now masquerades under the title. “freedom.”   Make no mistake–if you are living a life of sin, you are living in bondage.  There is no happiness or room to grow for a life dedicated to the dictates of the world rather than to the dictates of God. 

     So what is most important to you?  Is it your work?  Work is good; created by God for our sustenance and as an outlet for our energy and creativity.  Is it your wealth?  I hope not!  There is nothing at all wrong with money :  it is necessary in today’s world and extra money is needed to help those less fortunate and to spread the gospel and love of Christ.  The love of money, however, is an evil.  Is it your strength, your intelligence or your wisdom?  All of these things are good, and we should be grateful to God when He so blesses us.  But any of these, when they become the most important things in our lives, become idols.  Remember that God’s first commandment is “You shall have no other gods before Me.”  

     God is gracious to His people.  He has given us so many gifts–gifts of financial prosperity, of talents and strength and health and wisdom.  He wants us to enjoy all these things because He is a loving God who wants good things for us.  He wants us to be free and happy and wise and loving. 

     In these last days we must be prepared, though, to not glory in the delights of the flesh as the world would have us do, but to delight in the glory of God. We need to study to become friends with God.  We need to learn how to make His will our will.  We must learn to enjoy the gifts, but to glory only in the Giver!

Maranatha!

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One Response to “Glory in This”

  1. babafisa Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.

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