Peter quoting from the book of Isaiah 40:6-8 writes, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” Read 1 Peter 1:24 (NIV). I believe Peter is reminding every believer that everything in this life possessions, accomplishments, people will eventually fade away and disappear. Only God’s word, plans purpose and pursuits will stand forever. Matthew 6:33 (AMP) says, “But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. It must be the word first, the word last, and the word at all times.
Obviously to better understand this verse, you need to read the preceding verses from 27 to gain proper insight into why verse 33 is critically important. Here, we see Peter laying emphasis on the truth that God’s word must be first, and must be the most important thing we seek after. See what this beautiful verse of scripture says to you, “I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile—like chasing the wind! Read Ecclesiastes 1:14 (NET). Beloved, what do you think these verses of scripture is trying to make us see? Quite simple, that our focus and energies, and monies and passions and desires should be channelled towards something which is permanent: the word of God and our eternal life in Christ.
As human beings, we seem to spend most of our lives pursuing after worldly goods, comfort, education, career-aspirations, business enterprise; and in the course of these pursuits ignore the very essence of our lives – God’s purpose for us. Well, the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) came to this sad conclusion that everything you and I will ever work for or pursue in this life outside God, no matter how noble it is, “Is all vanity.” Solomon, the wealthiest man of his time came to a point of ultimate perplexity and confusion in his life, hence he penned his thoughts as thus, “Neither accomplishments nor his wisdom could make him truly happy.” He goes on to say, “True wisdom is found in God, and true happiness comes from pleasing him.” “True riches, satisfaction and fulfilment comes from God Almighty.”
Beloved, please hear me, this was a guy who was astronomically wealthy, yet he counted it all as Vanity. He came to a point of emptiness, loneliness, despair, despondency; and with all the wealth he had, could not stop him feeling perplexed. Now, here we are, having read Solomon’s story, heard it preached in so many ways, yet… “Let him who has an ear ti hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying.” The Bible records, “God was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the God of Israel.” Is your heart turned away from the Lord because of you chasing after other things? I am in no way condeming you, but stirring up in you to look deeper into what matters – God’s word.
Think with me for a minute, during one of my science classes, my lecturer would talk about the word mirage means something that is believed to be true or real but that is actually false or unreal. The more you get closer the farther it gets; and you keep chasing after this illusive thing. Another definition from Websters dictionary, “Something (such as a pool of water in the middle of a desert) that is seen and appears to be real but that is not actually there.” And sometimes that is how life turns out for some, who pursue everything else but God’s purpose. The closer they think they are getting to their destination the farther it becomes, and they keep chasing. It is like a dog trying to catch its own tail, can’t do it. Listen to what Peter writes, “To keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.” Read 1 Peter 2:11 (NIV). You and I know those desires that wage war against our souls…
Oh by the way, God is not against us having things, it is when these things draw our hearts away from Him, then it becomes a problem for us, not necessarily for Him, because He already knows the end from the beginning.
Let us consider our ways, and constantly remind ourselves; “God’s word remains forever.” Every other ground is sinking ground. ARE YOU A PLEASURE SEEKER OR A GOD SEEKER? Remember, our foundations would be examined by the wind, and the quality of our foundation would be revealed when the wind blows, Selah.
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