I do not have a newspaper subscription.
It's too depressing.
However, every time I log onto AOL to get my emails, I am confronted with little *news bites* all over the page.
Snippets of what's happening in the world, in politics, in sports, in medicine, in entertainment…
I suppose it's a good thing to keep updated on things – but like I said before, I find it all a little depressing.
The human race is just so consumed with itself.
Fame, fortune, power…
These are the things that get people admired, envied, emulated –
These are not lasting things – they are things of the world. And all too often, people toss their values aside in pursuit of them.
The human race – not so different today as it was in the time of Jeremiah. Society was deteriorating economically, politically, and spiritually. Wars dominated the world scene. God's Word was deemed offensive.
God appointed Jeremiah to bring His word to "nations and kingdoms." It was Jeremiah's mission to warn all the nations of the world about God's judgment for sin. Because God looks at things in a different way…
Today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" is what God has to say:
"This is what the LORD says: 'Don't let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone; that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!'" (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
You see, God places a high priority on knowing Him personally. He values justice, righteousness, and love more than fame, fortune, and power.
God defines success in a different way than the world does. He considered Jeremiah a success – because he obeyed God faithfully. Regardless of opposition and personal cost, Jeremiah courageously proclaimed the word of God. He was obedient to his calling.
We, too, have a responsibility to bring God's Word to a fallen world – to tell others about the consequences of sin and the hope that God offers. We have a responsibility to live differently – to define ourselves by God's values and priorities.
We must press on to know Him more and more – to obey Him faithfully.
God's approval alone should be our standard for service – and our standard for success.
As far as I'm concerned, AOL can keep its headlines – for these are not the stories of people following hard after the LORD.
On the other hand, we have a calling, my friends – are you ready to answer?
"When in doubt, search God out!"