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Turn Away My Eyes-Worthless Things

Turn Away My Eyes--Worthless Things

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. Psalms 119:37 (NKJV)

Well, we are just about through another fire season here in California.  There are a few large fires still blazing at the time of this writing but the seasons are starting to change, and that means that for a while, the threat of burning will subside as winter takes it rightful place.  We had a pretty crazy time this last week, as we had two fires burning around our homes here in Yucaipa, and for many it was touch and go as to whether they would even have a home as the flames came right to the edge of the property.

It is an eye-opening and somewhat surreal moment when you come to the realization that there isnt anything you can possibly do to save the things that you worked for from burning to the ground.  All that previous effort of hours and money can so quickly go up in smoke within a matter of minutes.  And as I took all these thoughts into the chambers of my mind, I came up with a hypothetical question for today's devotional.

If you knew that a horrific fire was going to consume your house in exactly one week, and that it, along with everything inside, would be completely destroyed--what would your response be?

Chances are that you wouldn't hurry to tell your boss, "Hey I'm sorry but I cant work this week, I need some time off because I have to get my house ready before next week.  I need to finish painting it and fix a few things, and there was this project in the back yard with a pool that I never completed.  Oh yeah, I wanted to go and buy some new furniture too!" 

That wouldn't make much sense would it?  Of course not--who in their right mind would knowingly go and spend their time, effort as well as their financial resources attempting to fix up, and invest into something that they knew was going to burn?

Stop and think for a moment before you answer this question because it appears that most of us would do exactly that.  Right about now you're probably saying, Ouch!  

Hey, I said, "us," because I truly believe that at some point or another, we are all guilty of this senseless waste of resources as we pursue the very temporal things that are going to burn--things of no eternal worth.  Satan, the father of lies and the master of deception lures each of us to look to the left or to the right--whichever way will suffice as long as it is not on the Lord, or the things of God.  

We can often be inclined to look at the things of the world in an attempt to fulfill something that we are actually lacking in our spiritual lives, and only God can only fill that spiritual void. We can be fully mislead and tempted by the enemy to attempt to try and obtain more and more material possessions, or we can spend time developing our hobbies and careers, somehow thinking that surely these things will bring a lasting contentment and peace--not so!  And as we obtain these temporal possessions, we find that they don't suffice, and we only want more and more.  Unfortunately we take long periods of time to realize this simple recurring truth.

Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each ones work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each ones work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1Corinthians 3:12-15 (NKJV)

We are to use our time here on earth to build our lives on the foundations of Jesus Christ.  We should ask ourselves a few questions with each and every effort we put fort, and that is, "Is this something that will be of eternal worth?  Is this something that is honoring God, or leading someone to the knowledge of salvation?  Are others seeing Christ in my actions and efforts, or am I only building an earthly empire or attempting to fulfill a desire of the flesh?"

I am not suggesting that we move to Tibet, shave our heads and join a monastery with the monks.  I am simply saying that we should be using those things that God has given us with good stewardship and with an eternal perspective.  

I want to encourage all of us today, that we would seek the Lord every day for helping us to keep our eyes on those things that He has called us to be a part of, and that He would help guide us into keeping our eyes off of the worthless things that would otherwise consume our time and resources.  Let's not trade a temporary pleasure for an eternal reward--because there is nothing worth that price.

STUDY QUESTION:  What does 1Corinthians 3:12-15 say about building on the foundation of temporary things?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What do you put most of your time effort, and resources into?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today for the balance and the guidance needed to walk in the path that He has called you to walk.  Replace those things that you are craving that are worldly with things that will net rewards in Heaven.

Father, Thank You for Your guidance, and Your wisdom. Help me today to focus on those things that will bring an eternal reward.  Help me to see the things of this world for what they are, and to not be consumed or intrigued by them.  Help me to see the things that You have laid before me, and to understand them in a way that You have intended.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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