I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about worldly things as I’ve been reading through the Bible. That’s one thing that has consistently stood out to me as I’ve been reading. If you’ve heard Chance the Rapper’s song Blessings, then you’ll know the lyric “I know the difference in blessings and worldly possessions.”
Worldly possessions or values are something that I think everyone falls trap to. It’s easy to become consumed by trivial and nondurable things. They are tangible and you have easy access to them. God is not necessarily tangible, and often we feel as if reaching God is a laborious and taxing task. As human beings we are incredibly impatient, and things that come quick and easy to us are what we often turn to first. The same goes for turning to things of worldly value above approaching God. We think that God’s answer won’t come fast enough or that he might even be ashamed of us, but that is a total fallacy that is fed to us by the world. We are pushed to turn to what is tangible because it’s what is culturally accepted.
I kind of wanted to make this post a bit of a challenge. Every time that you see yourself turning to something worldly above God, choose something godly. If you feel the compulsion to watch another episode of that Netflix show you’re binging instead of doing your nightly quiet time, turn off your electronics and pick up your Bible. If throughout the day you are feeling the pull of worldly emotions and your positivity is failing, whip out your phone and read an encouraging verse. There are so many little things that can keep you from falling into the deceit of the world. While these things might feel satisfying, they only provide immediate gratification. They are shallow and empty ways to feel good about yourself. And the best news yet is that God is the total opposite. He is filling and good and everything we should want to pursue. Remember to seek out the differences in the blessings of God and the possessions we have gained from the world.
Much love & grace,
-Hosea 7:14-16: “They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail on their beds. They slash themselves, appealing to their gods for grain and new wine, but they turn away from me. I trained them and strengthened their arms, but they plot evil against me. They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.”
-Romans 12:12: “Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
–Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”