Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold, and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. Psalm 119:127-128
Love of gold or money is something that many people have a hard time getting past. In the economy of this world money is something that is needed in order to survive. To be able to eat, have clothing, or shelter, a person needs to have money. So it is needed…to a point.
The difficult part is that money is only needed to supply the basic needs, not necessarily for the extra pleasures of this life. Once a person has the basic needs met, he often continues on to ‘need’ other things, such as a more luxury of a car, a bigger house, a longer vacation, a bigger bank account and it goes on.
Very often in the pursuit of these other things, many will also start to head down the wrong path. They walk away from God’s ways of living and doing things. Church and ministry are put on the back burner and forgotten. The Bible is setting collecting dust, not being used.
In the pursuit of gold, many begin to compromise on God’s laws. They start to give into sin in their life. This does not happen suddenly or in a fast manner. It is a slow process of walking away from God for most. But they start to travel down the wrong path.
Those who love God’s Word and commands will keep themselves from walking the wrong path. They will, like the psalmist, hate the wrong path. They will love follow God’s ways of living and obeying His commands. Jesus said that if you love Him, you will obey my commands.
As you go through this life, you must ask yourself what is most important. Is it self or is it God?
When you love God and His commands, you will turn away from self and this world. You will no longer see great value in the gold of this world. You will also hate taking the wrong path in this life.
God knows what is best. Are you going to trust Him and follow Him?
Or will you seek the false gold of this world?
I pray today that you will love God’s commands; that you will trust God’s commands; that God will help you turn from wrong paths in life; and that you will serve God with all of your life.