What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 4; Mark 3; Ezekiel 28-29; Psalm 134-135; 2 Chronicles 1-2; Numbers 21
Have you ever watched the TV show the world’s dumbest criminals? That show is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. Some of the things I’ve seen people do on the show can only make you laugh.
When I first got out of high school, I worked as a mechanic’s apprentice at a local gas station. There was one particular customer who loved to play the role of the big shot. We’d all roll our eyes when he would come in. After he’d leave, we’d have a good laugh. One day I was reading the police blog in the newspaper. Sure enough, mister big shot had been arrested for shoplifting. Turned out, he’d shoplifted a two-dollar pair of socks. He had the money to pay for them, but for some reason, he’d decided he was to busy to pay for them.
In Numbers 21, we find God’s people beginning their final journey into the promised land. God has provided them food, water, clothing, and protection during their forty years in the wilderness. In spite of the miracles they’d seen, the history of the failings of their ancestors, and the preaching of Moses, they still weren’t happy.
They focused on what they didn’t have and not on what they had.
That’s who we are, isn’t it? We have blessings upon blessings, yet we aren’t happy. We live in the most prosperous country in the world, and unfortunately, people simply want more.
The cure for this is to focus on Jesus and what he’s done for us. We need to turn our thoughts away from our problems and our desires and focus on the gratitude we should have because of what Jesus has done for us.
When you have a moment when you think you are owed more from life, focus on the cross of Christ. When you feel moments of anger and envy, focus on the compassion of Christ. When you feel upset because of the problems in your life, focus on the humility of Jesus Christ.
Refocus your life on Jesus and his works, and the problems of this world will become less and less significant.