Isaiah 6:1-7:25 / 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 / Psalm 54:1-7 / Proverbs 23:1-3
“When you sit down with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat. If you are a man given to appetite, do not desire his delicacies, for they are a deceptive food.”
We need to know who we are in Christ and determine to not be swayed no matter what “delicacies” present themselves to us. We must be prudent and foresee evil so that we are prepared ahead of time, aware that the enemy will try to entice us away with unaccustomed luxuries (like a higher salary with better perks, social positioning, fame, recognition and wealth). In and of themselves these things aren’t necessarily evil, but if it’s not God’s leading and timing then they’ll get us off track and lead to trouble.
All these extravagances come with a cost – our time, our thoughts, our values our energy. If we choose to “sell” those simple things most important to the Lord (our relationships, marriages, families, friendships, the adventure He specifically created us for) in order to achieve a certain upgraded “lifestyle”, we will greatly lose in the end.
We need to decide ahead of time what things are most important to us (and the Lord!) and what He has called us to in each season, so, when we are faced with a choice, we will be able to see clearly and not be deceived or allow our vision to become clouded with the promise of MORE.
Thank you Lord that You promise to help us see clearly and enable us to be steadfast no matter what comes our way! Your ways are higher, and lead to life – open our eyes to the simple, uncomplicated, peace-filled things You promise us as we walk with You in Your timing.