Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
(Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 (NIV))
Isn’t it interesting that the words written in Ecclesiastes still apply to so many people today?
It is human nature that we follow when we deny ourselves nothing that we desire. We have the attitude that we deserve everything that we desire. We justify this by telling ourselves that life is short and we should enjoy everything that we can before it is too late. We also believe that we can achieve anything that we desire if we simply put our mind to it and then work toward that goal.
In other words, we try to save up treasures in this world even though these treasures are fleeting.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
(Matthew 6:19 (NIV))
It is a wise person who realizes that the treasures of this world are not important, for the treasures of this world can and will be destroyed. What we should earnestly seek is a treasure far greater than any this world has to offer.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(Matthew 6:20 (NIV))
Eternal treasures are far more appealing. Money will lose its value. Houses will grow old and fall apart. Gold is useless when you are faced with the consequences of sin and eternal death. We must keep our eyes focused on Jesus for He is our treasure. He is more precious than anything this world has to offer.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:21 (NIV))
Where is your heart?