The scripture for today is Proverbs 30:8-9
Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food needful for me: Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
It is a revealing commentary that the writer’s prayer is that he be delivered from vanity and riches, as well as lies and poverty. Both are equally undesirable. In the world that is certainly not the case. Vanity and the desire for riches are motivating influences for those who are captives to this world’s system. In fact, the more of these qualities and aspirations you have, the more the world exalts you.
In God’s kingdom, the opposite is true. The children of God desire first and foremost to be pleasing to Him. They desire, much more than the pleasures of this life, to be united in faith and love with their Creator. Anything that distracts from that union is undesirable and rejected by those who have their identity in the LORD. Consequently, the child of God does not seek the glory of the world nor to exalt self but rather seeks to honor God. The circumstances of life that best support that endeavor is what is desired.
In all areas of life, there is usually a ditch on both sides of the road and one can fall into either ditch. Ditches are not desirable; the center of the path is where we want to be. God’s word provides us with the instructions that will keep us on the path of righteousness, and when followed they will protect us from falling into the ditches of deception. Deception on the left or right is equally destructive, but the path of truth is a joyful journey. May our minds be elevated to the heavenly sphere and may the desires of the world be far from us. May we be fed with the needful food and continue to hunger and thirst for righteousness.
God bless you as you continue in His service.