Today’s word for May 5, 2011

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the LORD will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
Psalm 22:25-26

When we take a close look at humanity we can clearly see that the interest of human beings is focused exclusively on satisfying their own desires. People come up with any number of things to do, in order to quench the need to fill the void they all know exists in their lives. In this area we have become a sort of a corporate Solomon because we can all say with him that “I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens.” But we stop being the corporate Solomon, when we have to reach a conclusion on the results of our investigation. Here it seems that conclusions ─obvious ones may I add─ are not to our liking and therefore we put them aside and we keep in our quest to find what is the fundamental purpose of all. Here we fail to demonstrate the wisdom and courage of Solomon because we feel a deep terror to meet face to face with spiritual reality. Solomon, very true to himself, did not shy away from this reality and said: “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

All human beings have a free will. We all decide on our own what to do with our lives, which way to go and how to behave. Even when we abstain from deciding, we are making a decision because doing nothing is also a decision. As much as we try to adopt behaviors and facades that will differentiate us from others, deep down we are all equal, cut from the same cloth, with a common sinful nature and with the same need to fill the void in our hearts. Two options are presented in front of us, to ignore the loving offer of salvation from the Lord Jesus Christ or simply surrender to his feet and accept his invitation. In the end of everything, whether or not we accept his invitation, he shall reign forever and ever and his kingdom will never end. Spending eternity with him or staying forever fully separated from his glory will depend wholly on our decision. To God alone be the glory!


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