Death and Destruction are never satisfied,
and neither are human eyes.
Man’s dissatisfaction ─man’s need to fill the void that only God can fill ─ manifests itself in various ways depending on what are the weak areas of a person’s character. Those who fall prey to the temptations of the world ─ fame, money and power ─ show weaknesses such as vanity, greed and ambition depending on what area they are losing ground to the world. Greed and its powerful element of the love of money is what has led multitudes to stray from the path of righteousness that God has prepared for all who hear his voice and follow him.
The philosophy of materialism and its ally, consumerism, have become an integral part of the lifestyle of many in the church and what to say about the rest of humanity who does not know Christ? The mantra of all these people is “You are what you own.” They do not realize that the more they have, the more they want to own. It’s like reaching the top of a mountain only to realize that there is another higher mountain to climb. The other aspect where the eyes of man are insatiable is curiosity. Curiosity by itself is not bad but when we allow it to lead us instead of us controlling it, it will take us to places where we have nothing to gain and much to lose.
Let us keep alert to the temptations of the world and let us not stop watching our own weaknesses. The strength and ability to resist come from God and if we only rely on our own strength our failure will be guaranteed. Let us seek to maintain as close as possible to the Lord and thus avoid deviating from the path of peace and justice that God prepared for us before the creation of the universe. Only in Him we have the victory. To God alone be the glory!
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Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.
But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future for the wicked.
The only way to understand why there is so much evil in the world is looking at things from far above. Usually, we only consider what happens in this temporary life, but we forget the most extensive and important time that awaits for us when we will be brought to live in God’s presence. It is like when we need to have a vaccine. At the time the syringe needle penetrates the muscle where the solution of attenuated or inactivated microorganisms needs to be placed; we experience pain and sometimes burning. We may also have to endure some side effects such as allergic reactions. After the vaccine has interacted with our immune system we can enjoy the benefits of the vaccination for a very long time. Someone who only considers the time of the puncture without taking into account the subsequent benefits would say that vaccination is a very unpleasant thing. But if we consider the entire process, we can clearly appreciate the convenience and utility of it.
Let us not limit ourselves to analyzing things only from an earthly perspective, since the benefits we will enjoy when we stand in God’s presence will exceed by far any discomfort or pain that we have had to endure in this life. As the apostle John said, speaking of the loud voice that came from the throne, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Let us look at the difficulties within the larger context of the God’s plan and eternity and nothing will ever be a cause for concern any longer. To God alone be the glory!