DEVOTIONAL – MAY 29
THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET
Leslie M. John
More often than not youth get attracted towards worldly pleasures. The pleasures would start from earning little money through lotteries, playing games risking their little money that they would have earned by hard work, or get into habits like smoking, get addicted to liquor or even drugs. The children and youth who are growing need to be counseled and be watched adequately.
Sooner or later otherwise youth get addicted to playing such games and end up in disasters leading to financial losses and mental agony besides losing peace of mind. In majority of the cases playing lotteries would not yield lasting favorable results; but will eventually result in loss. It is truth that no one keeps winning lotteries or games that they play involving such chances. One day one might win, but the day will not be far off when the same person ends up in huge loss.
The wise man King Solomon said: ”Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. (Proverbs 22:6)
Psalmist wrote three very touching verses in Psalm 119. They are:
”Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”. (Psalms 119:11)
”I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (Psalms 119:16)
”Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. (Psalms 119:105)
There is nothing wrong to be rich and acquire riches in righteous way, but it is certainly wrong to misuse our resources to acquire wealth by fraudulent methods. The property inherited by a person from his parents, and the property one gains through hard work are one’s assets. No body wants to put such hard earnings in stakes and lose.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 reads, ”For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” It is true that if we do not work, we do not earn. Prudent Christians also think in investing in God’s work, which will certainly bring forth fruits that are pleasing to the Lord, and result in the expansion of the Kingdom of God. There is no doubt that we need to pay our attention to paying our bills and take care of our family needs. Let us also remember that it is God, who gave us health and wealth. He, therefore, deserves to be honored with our wealth.
We should, therefore, be careful when our minds wander in pursuit of earning money illegally. Jesus told us that no man can serve two masters as we read in Matthew 6:24, ”No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Any earning, which is not legal and that which comes to us as ”quick-bucks” will not last for our good. Our desire to earn more money keeps increasing as we increase our pursuit for earning money and focus increases much on such endeavors. Now, let us also consider another point here.
Proverbs 6:6 reads, ”Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” Lazy person looses money rather than increasing his wealth. Prudent men and women save money and increase in wealth and invest and increase money.