Psalm 36:7 Priceless Love

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How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7 

A price value is placed on most things. Walking in a store there is a price placed on every item in the store. It tells a person how much it will cost to get it. The higher the demand for an item, the higher the price for it will be.

Price is also often determined on how rare or difficult an item is to get. Things that are nearly impossible to get will have a very high price tag on it. One of the things that the world classifies as priceless are some famous paintings or other works of art. They are a one of a kind, placing the value so high, that it is considered priceless.

David found that God’s unfailing love was priceless. There was no price that could be placed upon having His love.

Just as a person, who does not know art, does not understand the priceless value of a piece of art, the world does not understand the priceless value of God’s perfect love.

God, the one who created the universe, loves individual people. He loves the individual person so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for that person to give Him eternal life. Having eternal life is of such high value that it is priceless.

The only way a person can know that eternal life is by the love of God. This makes His life priceless. It is worth getting no matter what the cost. There is nothing of higher value on this earth than God’s great love.

With God’s love, one can rest assured in his salvation, that God is on His side taking care of Him and that God will do what is best for him in every situation.

Take some time to realize how much God really loves you. Think about how much God has already done for you and given you. Now realize how valuable that love is. His love is perfect and never ending and is worth pursuing at all costs.

Knowing that God loves you, show that love back to God and to others. Living your life for God is the ultimate show of love to Him. You cannot love God and others too much, when you love with His perfect, eternal love.

What has a priceless value in your life?

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will love as God loves you; that you will know the value of God’s love; and that you will live your entire life dedicated to God. 

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Job 22:2 What Is The Benefit Of Man To God?

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Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him? Job 22:2 

People like to have value or know that they are of value to someone else. They want to know that they are important and needed by someone else. Some people thrive on being needed and so work towards that end.

When a person does not feel that he is of any benefit to someone, then he will stop what he is doing or at least, not do as well. The work that he is doing will become of no real value when it does not benefit anyone at all. There is no importance to what is being done.

Eliphaz speaks up and asks a very good question that deals with value and being a benefit. He wants to know if a person can be of any benefit to God.

This question has been asked by many people, many times over the years. Some feel as if they are very important and that God needs them. While others feel as they are no value at all and that God does not need, nor want them because they are too horrible or bad.

Some believers have walked away from God, because of some sin, and then they feel as though they are of no value to God at all.

When thinking about it, God does not need man at all. He is the one who created everything from nothing. If He created everything from nothing, what is man? In reality, nothing.

Yet, God wants every person. The only benefit God receives in having man with Him, is that there is fellowship. God loves to have fellowship with others. The only others is mankind.

No person is wise enough to help God. No man is so important that God needs Him. It is not that God needs a person, but that He wants him. This is true love.

God loves you so much that He wants you, no matter what it costs to get you. You can bring a relationship to Him. While it is true you cannot benefit God in any real way, you bring the benefit of having a relationship to Him.

Take time to build your relationship with God. Get to know Him, and He already knows you. Be His hands, feet, and voice to the rest of this world. In these ways you do become a benefit to God. You are of high value to Him, His Son died for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a personal relationship with God; that you will know how much God values you; and that you will see how you can be a benefit to God.

1 Timothy 4:8 Valuable Training

 

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For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Physical training is usually seen as high value. Doctors are always telling their patients that they need to get out and be physical, to do physical training–exercise. Traveling throughout many cities one will see many different gyms for working out in. Exercise is seen as something of great value.

While many people exercise to help themselves look good, there are also many who exercise to stay in good health. Exercising will help keep a person’s heart and lungs stronger, which in turn keeps their overall health much better. It will increase the likelihood of the person living a longer, healthier life.

Yet, exercise will stop there. Every person will die at some point. No matter how much physical exercise a person gets, they will die. In eternity, exercise means nothing. So it does have some value, but not a lot.

Training to be like Jesus and to be Godly has a lot higher value. In this life it can bring joy and peace where there is none. It removes all anxiety and fear. It helps build better relationships with people. It destroys selfishness and hatred.

When anxiety, fear, hatred are removed, a person will live a healthier life. Many illnesses come from fear, hatred and anxiety.

Not only does living like God help in this life, it also benefits a person after death. Following Jesus means one is striving to live like Jesus did–a Godly life. In return Jesus gives the person eternal life in heaven. This benefit never ends and gives perfect life and health with God. It removes all sickness and pain for eternity.

While it is good for you to exercise to build your physical self up and stay in good shape, it is only for a temporary value. Training to be like God will benefit you in this life and for all eternity.

Training to be like God is to live your life just as Jesus did. Acting, speaking, reacting, and listening just as Jesus did. This not only builds you up, but will also help build others up and make this world a little bit better. Then in the end when you step into eternity, the benefits will magnify increasingly for all eternity.

What are you training for today?

I pray today that you will train to be like Jesus; that God will show you how to act and speak as Jesus did; that your life will be on full of Godliness; and that you will se the benefit of living a Godly life for God. 

Ecclesiastes 2:26 Finding Happiness

To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26

Searching for happiness in life is a common challenge that many people strive for. It is common for people to think that if they just have the right job, or get married, or have children, or get a certain degree, or have a certain level of paycheck, or live in a certain area, and the list goes on forever, that they will be happy.

What usually happens is that they do get what they want. They are happy for a short time and then they get discouraged again. They were satisfied and happy for a while, but then the problems started to occur and they are no longer happy. Other times, the person wants more. Finding happiness, in the way the world does, is like trying a new drug. It makes a person happy for a time, but then he needs more or a stronger one, never fully satisfied.

Solomon says that a person who is not serving God is just working hard to gain things, just to have it handed over to someone else. Working very hard just to hand everything over to someone else is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. One can never catch the wind, no matter how hard he tries.

The way to find happiness is found in pleasing God. The only way you can please God is to follow and please His Son Jesus. In order to please Jesus, you must do what He has asked you to do.

Pleasing Jesus means that you have taken up the task He has started, to reach and save the world. You cannot save the world, but you can bring those in the world to the One who can save them.

Life is not about you. It is about others and God. It is about the kingdom of Jesus. Are you building that kingdom?

Or are you building a kingdom for yourself?

If it is for yourself, it will be handed over to others and you will not find any happiness in this life.

Serve God today.

I pray today that God will show you what He wants you to do today; that you will know how to please God with your life; that you will know the happiness God can give you; and that you will work to build God’s kingdom in this world.

Psalm 119:127-128 Hating The Wrong Path

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.

Psalm 119:72 Better Than Gold

The law from  your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72

Money is something that seems to be needed by everyone. In order to purchase needed food, clothing or housing a person needs money. Because of this, people work hard to get it. They will put in long, hard hours to get the needed money to pay for various needs.

Once the basic needs are met, people will then work many more hours to get extra money for more things. The amount of money needed never seems to find an end. The more a person has, the more a person wants.

Once the money is in the bank account, it is difficult for many to lose it. That money is very precious, needed and wanted.

Yet, the psalmist states that God’s law is even more precious than all that money. Having God’s law means more than having thousand or millions of dollars.

The world looks at someone as crazy who would rather have God’s Word than a big bank account. The things that money can buy appear to be better and greater than God’s Word.

For a believer there is something different that is gained that the world cannot know or understand. That something is real life.

All the things that money can buy are temporary and will go away or fall apart. God’s Word is eternal. God’s Word gives a person direction in how to really live life to the fullest. It teaches how to have contentment and fulfillment in this life.

If you are searching after the wealth of this world, you will only find temporary satisfaction, it will be here today and gone tomorrow.

Seeking and knowing God’s Word will guide you in what is best for your life. It will teach you how to live a life that will last for eternity.

How much greater is something that will last for eternity than something that is only temporary?

Keeping this in mind, seek to know God’s Word more and more. Make it the first focus of your life. See the real value in His Word, a value that outweighs all the gold in this world and all that the world has to offer.

I pray today that you will know the value of God’s Word in your life; that you will find the life in God’s Word; that you will spend your efforts to know the Bible; and that God will fill your life with fulfillment and contentment in Him.

Psalm 119:37 Desire Of Worthless Things

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37

The psalmist asks God a strange request, to turn his eyes away from worthless things. This is in a psalm that the focus is on knowing God’s Word and honoring it. What are worthless things, when looking at God’s Word?

Going through life a person can easily get distracted with things that pull them off the path they need to be on. In the workplace, two co-workers can get to talking about their past weekend adventures. This can become a worthless thing, when it distracts them from doing the work they are there to do.

While at home, people get distracted with playing games or watching TV and do not get needed work done. In a restaurant people get distracted with their phones while talking to someone at the table. Each of these things can become worthless at the time of their being done, because they do not help accomplish the current goal.

On the grand scale of eternity, many things become even more worthless. God’s Word points people on how to live for God in the best way possible. Living your best for God includes not only keeping yourself from sin, but also serving God by doing His will and serving others in this world.

It easy to get distracted by worthless things in this world. They can pull you away from spending time in God’s Word or time in prayer. They can keep you from being the witness you are supposed to be. Being a witness can be found in words and in actions, but if you are focused on self and things of this world…worthless things, you will not do what needs to be done.

As you go through this life, train your eyes to focus on what is really important and of high value. The greatest value in this world is your soul and the souls of every person on this planet. Your soul and every other person’s soul, needs to be focused on God and controlled by God, serving God.

Where are your eyes focused today?

Are they on the worthless, temporary things of this world?

Or on the eternal things of God?

I pray today that you will focus  your eyes on the things God focuses on; that you will turn your eyes from worthless things; that you will focus on God’s Word; and that God will strengthen you to keep your eyes on Him.