My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. (Ps. 78:1)
At some point in life, we each choose whether we will desire and seek creature comfort or divine comfort. Too often we turn to the creature comforts first, only to realize our mistake later. Creature comforts demand work to earn them: obedience to financial and material accumulation. Divine comfort demands work as well: obedience to God. Whether we choose to trust the world or God, there is a price to pay. Where we put our trust is where we find our comfort.
The key verse today asks us to pay attention. We are not to simply hear the words of the Lord. Hearing without using his wisdom is useless. As my father would say, “In one ear and out the other.” It is a waste of God's time for us to hear, to listen, but not put to use what he has to tell us. His wisdom is to benefit us, to help us through the hard times, and to give us comfort in the hard times.
Comfort in the world is fleeting. Comfort in God is eternal. Comfort in God may not include comfort in the world, but why does it have to? It is eternal. Seek the bigger dividend, even if it means a temporary sacrifice. A little lost in this life could mean so much more gained in the next.
Seek your comfort in God for eternity!
Randall A. Forbes is an artist, retired minister, and plant operations director at Kingswood University, as well as a follower of Christ and lover of life.
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