[CF Devotionals] 2008-10-11 - Great Things?

Jeremiah 45:5, “But you, are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them.”

One Sunday, I visited a popular church in Manhattan (Times Square Church), and I enjoyed the visit very much. To get to the church, I needed to take the NYC subway. The subway is uneventful most of the time, but sometimes you will meet an interesting character. One such character jumped on board at one of the stops, with a large black trash bag, and immediately started talking loudly enough for all in the car to hear him. He was homeless, not looking for money, but food. He got quite a lot of food, and his method seemed quite effective. One thing he told us all was, “one day, I am going to be President of the United States, and then I'm going to get a TV reality show.” I thought of his ordering of stepping stones to achievement in life, and considering the office of President a means to getting a reality show seems about right, considering how much respect Americans seem to currently hold for the highest elected office in our nation.

Too many of us are dreamers in this life. We have great hopes of great things, but we don't do the little things that might make even the shadows of our dreams a reality. We have reason to pray that such “dreaming” not defile us with false hopes of greatness or glory that are not according to the Lord's will for our lives. There is one thing that we are to desire concerning the will of God, and that is to be firmly seeking His will for us in all things respecting others and ourselves. We are to “keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God,” Col. 3:1. Let us not look to those things that God, in His wisdom, has deemed not unto us. We seek Him and His kingdom (Matt. 6:33) and all such things according to His gracious will shall be added unto us.

In another respect, let us also not grow weary of life, as long as God gives us breath. We will not always live, not even the best of us. Job had an interesting observation in Job 7:7-16. He was in great misery with affliction, but he also remembered his former good days. He wrongly concluded that He would have neither. He didn't want to be in his afflicted state, but he also didn't wish to be in prosperity again, because the prosperous always have the fear (as he experienced) of losing what they have. He had found former prosperity “empty comforts,” because they can always be lost. He wrongly concluded that he would rather just not live, and asked God to take his life. He should have simply rested in the Lord, regardless of what condition he was in. Be we in grief of joy, the children of God are to rest in the Lord alone, and in His will for our lives. Like Job, we do not wish to always live in this world. This world is a world of sin, and we long for something better (but only in God's time). We are content to live as long as God pleases, but the only things (great or small) that we seek for ourselves are those things that help us to glorify God in our lives. He is our life, and out of love to Christ for the great love with which He has loved us, we serve Him alone, in whatever station of life He is pleased to have us rebound glory unto Him.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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