Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
(Psalms 73:25 (NIV))
What is more important to you, the people in your life or the things in your life?
Be careful how you answer!
One more question for you. Who is more important to you, the people in your life or the Lord?
I realize that these questions may seem ridiculous, but answered honestly, they will tell you more about yourself than you probably care to admit. If you value things over people, then where is your heart? Where is your love? Some may say that valuing the people in your life is important and should take precedence over the Lord, but let me ask you another question. Who are you going to turn to when everyone in your life has let you down? Who will you turn to when even your spouse, your children or your closest friend disappoints you or are taken from you? When this happens, many people turn to the Lord, but I want to propose that the time to turn to the Lord is long before anything like this happens. When you can truthfully claim that you love the Lord, then your complete perspective on life changes. When you look at things or people as a priority, this is, in most cases, a self-centered outlook on life even if you think that you place yourself low on your priorities list. You are looking at the things or the people to make you happy, to bring meaning to your life, and to make you whole.
Think about these simple facts. Things rust and decay. All people, no matter how good they are, will disappoint you eventually. We are all sinful by nature.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))
Only the Lord is unchanging.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
(Hebrews 13:8 (NIV))
With this simple truth, we should anchor our lives on a firm foundation that never changes. We should not look to things. We should not look to people. We should only look to the Lord! We only need to accept the grace and mercy freely given at the cross and claim the gift of grace for ourselves. When we honestly and truthfully make this claim, we have the Lord of all creation in our lives and nothing can surpass His majesty and glory!
Whom do you have?
Copyright 1998 – 2019 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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