by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Ezekiel 31:1-32:32; Proverbs 23:17-18
Proverbs 23:17-18 (NKJV)
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.
How often do we envy others! Nice car, big house, good looks … etc. And they are not even Christians! We wonder if our faith in God is worth it after all. Why can’t we live freely like unrepentant sinners, having the cake and eating it? What’s the point of obeying God and being holy? Well, says the Psalmist, it’s about the future. Do we want a future with hope, or one that is cut off from God? In other words, do we want heaven, or hell?
Yes, in my flesh, I can identify with the struggles above. I want to enjoy like hell, and still go to heaven. Everyone around me seems to be having a good time doing (and watching) whatever they like, but I’m constrained by God’s Word. Why? Because I fear God. Yet my human desires are strong, shouting to be fulfilled. Where do I direct all my energies? To being zealous for God, for His kingdom and glory – says the Psalmist. Earthly satisfaction is only skin deep. Heavenly pursuits are what makes us truly human.
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after You … Lord, help me to find joy in You and You alone!