Saturday, March 18, 2017

Job 20:4-5 -- On Distractions and Deeper Meanings

"Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?"
Job 20:4-5

A good reminder that paths to happiness that do not include God are only temporary.  It's so easy to imagine that we can skip some of the steps that God requires, or that we can accomplish our goals with less effort as long as we have the "secret of success" which is always some shortcut that isn't going to work in the long run.  The path to long-term joy and triumph is always through God, and we have to take the time to learn it all, a little at a time... to really get it.  Not just to see the outline of the ideas, but to gain the deeper meanings and actually incorporate them into our lives and our selves.

Today, let's remember to look for the long term rewards that God offers rather than the temporary pretense that actually just harms us by impeding our progress and distracting us from what is important.

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