DayBreaks for 08/05/13 – Just One More
What an interesting time and place we live in! We are afraid that we’re all going to die because of all the chemical additives that are put into our food, yet because of medical advances we are living longer. We talk a lot about community yet most people don’t know the names of their next door neighbors. More and more people have bumper stickers on their cars that say “Co-exist” but it seems the world has gone mad with killing. What’s going on? And more importantly, why?
Here’s my humble opinion: We’re killing ourselves on junk food – we watch mindless drivel on TV with vulgar displays of sexuality and horrific scenes of violence; we listen to endless chatter on the radio with never-ending conflict and criticism; we chase after every conceivable form of entertainment and pleasure; all the while, coming up empty and, ironically, craving for more.
We’re like little children in a video arcade – no matter how many quarters or tokens they are given, when the last game’s over, what do they do? You know: they always ask for “just one more.” There’s no end to it. In the words of Harry Emerson Fosdick, we’re “rich in things and poor in soul.”
What’s the answer? The answer is that we need to get back to the basics and re-establish our priorities. In a word, we need to put God first. We need to follow the Great Commandment, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt. 22:37-39) It’s as simple as that: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. (Mt. 6:33)
Any time that any thing other than God has first place in our life we will be out of balance, off kilter, confused, frustrated and dominated by times, events and seasons. We will not have any stability and we will not have anything to constrain our selfishness. In short, we will be like the world that lacks God. How tragic!
PRAYER: I sometime wonder if any of us really know and understand what it means to truly “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”! We need to know what that means and what it looks like for us, Lord Jesus. You have shown us by your live and willingness to die for the kingdom what it looks like. Give us the courage, strength and stamina to live it out! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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