“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13 NASB
The weak and the mighty, the big and the small
Equality has become the watchword for the culture that we live in as individuals and groups vie for status in a world that focuses on the proud. Throughout humanity there is a hierarchy: the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak, the haves and the have nots.
We are driven to get the upper hand. Life is filled with built in inequalities as the strong can do more than the weak, the rich more than the poor, one sex over another or any other combination that comes to mind. We find ourselves at war with one another, never finding unity.
At the bottom of our motivation is the concern over getting what we need. We are living in a world where there is great concern over being taken care of as uncertainty reigns supreme. We think that they only place to be is the top of the pile. We forget that God is already there and in control.
In my journey as a believer of Jesus Christ, I marvel at the equality I see as all people, regardless of status, bow at the throne of the Lord. I have been in prayer groups and bible studies with unemployed, the very rich and powerful, the laborer, and the student all together. All the statuses were pushed aside as all were one in Christ Jesus.
As I move closer to the prize of eternity with Jesus, I am more and convinced that little really matters. The seeking and not finding of the treasures of this world is but emptiness. It is truly striving after nothing. The things that were so important to me in earlier days have faded in the light of my great Savior. So much time spent battling for the latest and the greatest, the best, the highest status. Now I desire nothing more than to sit at the feet of my Savior.
So much has been taken away over the last few years, yet I have gained more of spiritual significance than I could ever of the temporal. In the pursuit of the earthly things there was no satisfaction, only frustration as there was always something else that caught my heart leading me to never have contentment. In Jesus I have complete satisfaction.
We are suddenly thrust into a world turned upside down. Instead of seeking the riches and treasures of this present world, we battle for the basic things. Empty shelves in a land of plenty mark self induced desperation as people hoard beyond reason the most basic things for the most base processes in or lives.
I am sure that this present trouble will be but a temporary season, that at some point there will be a return to normalcy. It is a great opportunity to focus on the greatest truth of all: all that really matters is the fear of God.
Make this a time to seek the Lord. Use the time to read your Bible, pray for others, and seek a deeper relationship with the Lord. I have valued my alone time I have had with Him. He has had room to transform my heart and my life.
This season may go on for awhile. I urge us to take the time and cease from getting the upper hand, and be considerate of the needs of others. Those of us in Christ can set the example for the rest, as we have the most important thing already; faith in Jesus and forgiveness of our sins.
Now is the time to focus of Jesus. Don’t worry nor be concerned. Remember what is truly important.
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:27-33 NASB