Let’s look at GOD’s Word. According to King Solomon (the wisest king and preacher of men) said, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) No matter what continent you live on, the color of your skin, your height or weight, etc…NOW YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DUTY IS.
Yesterday, I saw a commercial that said it matters very little what’s on the inside of you because the outside is more important! Don’t believe it! Again, the Bible states, “Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it [flows] are the issues of life…Put away from thee a froward mouth and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyeslids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:23-27) You may look like Chuckie Cheese but it matters not to God! Chuck can run away with all the cheese and it still matters not to God! In fact, God does not look at your cheese, car, house, job, clothes, shoes, socks, etc. GOD LOOKS AT YOUR HEART! For this reason, the Bible tells us to examine ourselves. Don’t look at your neighbor just look at yourself. No body knows better than you the areas needing improvement in your life. The Lord GOD is waiting for you (all of us) to ask Him for help but it may take some time. LIFE IS A TEST! Your trials are a test to see if you will trust and believe in the Lord GOD.
Many people all over the world are suffering because they trusted in material things. They refused to believe and to trust in the Lord GOD! Rather, they misplaced their trust in jobs, homes, people, cars, trucks, finances, boats, airplanes, investments, education, degrees, looks, riches, weapons of warfare, etc. Many people let us down and the Bible says, “Do not put your trust in man for he will surely fail you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 states, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Psalm 91:14-15 states, “Because he [YOU] hath set his love upon me…He [YOU] shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honor him.”
When bad things happen to us, for instance, we loose the job, cars, homes, or sickness comes upon us we become devastated, crazy, depressed, despondent, unruly, refused to shave or take a bath, withdraw from our family, loved ones, and friends. Instead of getting better we get worse than the man living under the bridge and stanking in his soiled pants. At the height of our rage, we blaspheme God and say, “There is no God…No body loves me….Life is not fair…I’m gonna hurt somebody…It’s my brother’s fault…It’s my mama and daddy’s fault…I missed passing the examination by a few points.” Whatever! SIN IS THE BLAME AND LEAVE IT AT THAT! Move on from your mistakes.
Ask the Lord God to forgive you and ask Him to give you wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. God will take you from the gutter and set you up on high. God not a man that He should lie to you! Futhermore, God is merciful, compassionate, faithful, and just to forgive you…JUST ASK HIM! Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity!
GOD LOVES YOU AND HE WANTS TO BE FIRST IN YOUR LIFE! Our God is a jealous God. Exodus 20:5 states, “…I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…” Don’t put nothing before the Lord not even your favorite sandwich or beverage. Say within yourself, if the Lord says this or that I am pleased to eat this bread and drink this beverage; and if it pleases the Lord, we shall go here or there on such and such a day.
Finally, we are told, “Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor when thou doest embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverts 4:7-18)