Don’t fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love it’s corrupt ways don’t have the Father’s love living within them. All the things the world can offer to you – the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority – do not come from the Father. These are the rotten fruits of the world. This corrupt world is already wasting away, as are it’s selfish desires. But the person really doing God’s will – that person will never cease to be. 1John 2:15-17 (TVNT)
There was a time I questioned God’s love for me. I could see no reason for some of the things that have happened in my life. I felt like I had some kind of curse on me because everything I had worked so hard to aquire was taken bit by bit..piece by agonizing piece, until nothing I valued was left. All of it – the money, the house, the cars and trinkets. Gone.
My understanding of the way love is supposed to work wasn’t lining up with my experiences and I became bitter and cynical. It just didn’t make any sense. I’m a child of God! I’m supposed to be the head and not the tail, blessed coming in and blessed going out! I didn’t get it.
The heart of man is narrow, and cannot contain both loves. The world draws down the heart from God; and so the more the love of the world prevails the more the love of God dwindles and decays. ~Matthew Henry~
There are so many things and/or people vying for our affection, it’s easy to get caught up and enticed by them. Without even realizing it we begin to place more importance on them than they should have. It is not God’s will that any of His children should go lacking but there is nothing in this world more important than a heart for God and a desire to do His Will.