1997-07-22 - Worldly Enjoyments
Proverbs 23:1-3 "When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; and put a knife to your throat, if you are a man of appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for it is deceptive food."
Ah!! Worldly enjoyments! We love them. And worldly enjoyments are different for us all, keeping up with the 6pm news, a weekly dose of "ER", a glass of fine wine, or an apple fresh off the tree, worldly enjoyments differ as the person does. But worldly enjoyments are not our refuge. Scripture admonishes us to store our treasure in heaven and not here on earth. "Thou fool, this night shall thy soul be required of thee." (Luke 12:20) Here on earth we beat our brains, tire ourselves, and yet like silkworms, we die in our work. As long as we live, we live yet to see our flower fading. It is insane to be proud of that which will perish. Our joy should have a sure object and there is only one object that is sure, namely Christ. The uncertainty of worldly enjoyments are much like a flower, beautiful, in many cases, but fading. From this we should learn two things:
"Pleasure, profit, and preferment are the worldling's trinity." John Trapp
"They lose nothing who gain Christ." Samuel Rutherford
Soli Deo Gloria,