Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Saturday, 24 April 21:
Psalm 49:15-20 — “…. Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. For when he dies, he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself— his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light. Man, in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.”
The psalmist points out the foolishness and blindness of pursuing blessings and praise on earth rather than the blessings and praise of God. The psalmist describes the arrogance and hopelessness of those who seek to build their own kingdoms (“the glory of his house”) on earth rather than seeking first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
-- Psalm 127:1 -- Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
Jesus said, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul (Mark 8:36)?” It is quite easy to get caught up in the worries of the world and lose the eternal perspective. However, when our daily pursuit is nothing but Jesus Christ, when our eyes remain affixed to Him, when we see our work and endeavors as opportunities to worship Him, to glorify Him, and to love others; when we see all other life circumstances as an opportunity to draw closer to Him and to reveal Him to others; and when through our walk with Him we learn to trust Him, we will not be distracted or deceived, and our joy and peace will be full.
- James 4:14 — What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
- 1 Peter 1:24 — All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls.
- Psalms 90:12 — So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
- John 17:3 — And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
- Psalm 27:4 — One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
- Psalm 23:6 — Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
- Psalm 84:10 — For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 24 Apr 21: Today, focus on keeping Jesus your focus. See every situation and experience as an opportunity to know Jesus more fully and to make Him known by others.