Monday’s Moment

I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Psalm 73:3).
How often do you find yourself in this situation? The psalmist was guilty of taking his eyes off of God and looking at others. We laugh at the simple, who are easily distracted by some shinny, cheap object. Then we fall into the same snare and become distracted by something that leaves us destitute.
We know, but we often forget, that all good and perfect gifts come from the Father above; we know, but we often forget, that true peace comes only from the God of peace and the gospel of peace; we know, but we often forget, that true love comes only from the God who is love; we know, but we often forget, that true hope comes only from the God of hope; we know, but we often forget, that eternal treasures come only from the eternal God.
Knowing all these things, we still have to guard against being distracted by the temporary things of this world. Jesus spoke of those who received the seed among the thorns, who have the word choked out of their lives and hearts by the “cares of the world” and the “deceitfulness of riches” (Matthew 13:22). The word translated “cares” can also be translated “distraction.” These things are not inherently sin but they become sin because of the priority placed on them. The temporary things become sin when they take precedence over the eternal things.
God often warns that this world and the things of this world are temporary; everything of this world will one day be destroyed and the only thing remaining will be those treasures we have placed in Heaven. Thus, Paul reminds us to seek those things which are above and to set our hearts on those things which are above (Colossians 3:1-2).
Let us remind ourselves to keep our eyes on the goal – Heaven.