Saturday, November 27th 2021
Title: Pursuit of Blessing
Author: Pastor Andrew Lim
Translator: Margaret Ong
Blessing that the world thought
People around the world are looking for blessings. What exactly is a blessed person? The blessings that the world considers are not the same as the blessings that God thinks.The ideas of the world and the Bible provide diametrically opposite answers to this blessing. What the world is chasing is the good fortune in front of one’s eyes, how much money can be made today, this year, and in this life, and how to make the most money in this lifetime. When others judge whether you have been blessed or not, it depends on what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, whether you live a life of gargling with shark’s fin, beautifying with bird’s nest, eating abalone until you feel good, and where you travel to every year.
To be able to enjoy the blessings of this life, whether it is good to be rich, or whether to enjoy the good fortune in one’s life, is of course marvelous. In fact, Job, Joseph, King Solomon etc. in the Bible and modern Jews are all clever and smart financial experts, and they were all tycoons and fabulously wealthy.
The wealth on earth is short-lived and exists in this present age. The limitation of money is that it is not omnipotent. It can buy material things, but it cannot buy the deeper needs of people, such as peace, joy, satisfaction, love, and so on, because these needs cannot be measured by the amount of money, or can be purchased. Another limitation is that what money can be exchanged for is temporary and it will pass. For example, if we bought a new car today, it will become an old car tomorrow, and soon loses the sense of freshness and satisfaction. This is why people cannot get real fulfillment from wealth itself. Just like money can buy “luxury houses” but not “family”; money can buy “entertainment” but not “joy”; money can buy “satin mattress” but not “sleep” ; money can buy “medical care” but not “health”.
In addition, secular concepts exalt earthly power, money, and fame. The value and happiness of life are built upon the pursuit of wealth, authority, and material desires, which can completely ignored or even belittle people’s lives and character, and it can also be unrighteous. An upstart with bad character can be portrayed as an entrepreneur, a greedy businessman can be packaged as a philanthropist, and a rotten politician who plays with power can be touted as a noble statesman. But such people who are considered blessed by secular standards are condemned as “unrighteous” by the Bible. The values of man are perverted because they have acted arbitrarily. The Bible says: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.” (1Tim. 6:9)
Since ancient times, people’s lives have been bounded by the temptation of money such as these: some people want to make more money, regardless of the need for physical rest, and work day and night; some people want to accumulate more wealth, regardless of the law and moral constraints. As we move towards “financial freedom”, are we the masters of money or are we slaves to it?
God said “‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'(Luke. 12:20) King Solomon said:” Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. ” ( Proverbs 23:5) So Paul said: “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” (1Tim. 6:17)
See blessing in a different perspective
The Bible tells us that a truly blessed person: a person who seeks God, obeys God’s law, and is “complete” in behavior. “Complete” here does not mean that we can be perfect in this life, but refers to the direction of our entire life. In a negative sense, blessed people can be regarded this way: “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;” (Ps. 1:1 ) However, on a positive light: ” But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.”(Ps. 1:2 ) He pursues righteousness and goodness. He lives on earth as it is in heaven. In God’s eyes, this will last for eternity.
A different life means a different outlook on life. The life that people pay attention to is completely different from the life that God pays attention to. People seem to see this life as infinite, so they just work hard for this life, and all they pursue are the wealth and fortune that exist in this present age. God tells us in the Bible that we must focus on the age of eternal life, so we must work hard not only in this age but also for the blessings in that which is to come.
Prayer: God! You are the God who provides me with abundant things for my enjoyment. Without your mercy, my life will not be easy. Lord, please let me not always long for indefinite wealth, but do not look up to you. Lord, please open my eyes and let me know not to trust in uncertain riches , and only O God sitting on your throne, is forever and ever. Lord, in my journey of life, I will definitely encounter different difficulties from time to time, but I know that you can take care of all my needs! I would like to be a person who looks up to you all my life! I sincerely pray in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.
作者 : 林金儀傳道
世人认为的福气 Blessing that the world thought
看为不一样的福气 See blessing in a different perspective
圣经告诉我们，真正有福的人：是寻求神、遵行神律法并在行为上“完全”的人。这里说的“完全”并不是说我们在今生可以做到十全十美，而是指我们整个人生的追求方向。有福的人消极的说就是：“不做非义的事，不从恶人的计谋，不站罪人的道路，不坐亵慢人的人的座位。积极的就是：“遵行（神）的道 ” 他喜爱的是耶和华的律法，他昼夜默想思念的也是耶和华的律法，他追求的是正直、良善，过在地上如同在天上的生活。在上帝的眼中是可以存到永远价值的。