What Really Matters?
“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Picture this for a minute; imagine that all that you are living for at this time- a good job, a career, a house payment, a marriage, a promotion, fame, fortune, entertainment, health, financial or worldly security, retirement, and any other agenda in this world are stripped away from you this very moment. Imagine that the economy crashes and the prices for living become astronomical over night. Think of what it would be like when people become starving, and start to loot and riot, rape and pillage, doing home invasions because they are desperate. Imagine if the safe life that you have always known is suddenly pulled out from under you and you are left in chaos. What then? What do you do to live? What do you rely on then?
Scripture tells us that this present world is passing away, that it is corroding along with those who trust in it (1 John 2:17). If we build our lives upon this world, trusting the uncertain riches of our bank account or any other thing in this life, we are like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The house might be beautiful indeed, but the foundation is shifting and unstable, and as soon as the storm comes, that house will collapse. So will those who trust in this life when their world is turned upside down. Everything that they ever trusted will be completely destroyed and they will lay there utterly hopeless (Matthew 7:24- 27).
This is why Jesus, the Son of Man came, to teach us about the path of life (John 8:12). He instructed us to forsake our trust in this failing world and to trust wholly upon His words (Matthew 6:24); for man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Luke 4:4). Wise is the person who hears Jesus voice and obeys it. He will be like a man who built his house upon a solid rock; when the storms come and pound upon that house, it will stand firm, because it is founded on something immovable. Nothing in heaven or hell, in time or eternity can change God’s word. It is a ROCK.
When your heart safely trusts in what the Creator of all says, it will not matter whether danger nor famine comes, you will not be moved. You will say with the apostle Paul, “I know how to be abased and I know how to abound.” “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content,“ “for I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11- 13). Whether we live in safety and satisfaction or danger and chaos, let us trust in the unseen God alone, for He is your life and the length of your days (Deuteronomy 30:20). If He can feed the birds of the air, how much more will He not feed you? (Luke 12:24)
Please learn this lesson now, before it is forced upon you by circumstance, for you do not know what tomorrow holds. It could be your last day. Our nation could crumble, judgment could come. People would not believe that the United States could fall; I’m sure those in Europe thought similar thoughts before Hitler rose to power; I’m sure Roman citizens felt they would never be moved from glory, until Rome fell. I’m sure those in Romania felt secure until the communists came in and took over their government, horrifically torturing believers and oppressing the people.
My friends, don’t trust your circumstances, trust God! You are not in control of your life and you never have been. Your life is only a vapor, it’s here one day and then it’s gone. The one thing you have control over are your choices today, so chose to follow Jesus with all that you are. Rely on Him, seek Him for everything! He will be with you through Hell and back, and will be your closest Ally, if you will obey Him (John 15:14). He will be with you when no one else can; He will never leave you nor forsake you, if you are His (Hebrews 13:5).
Whether you are slave or free, rich or poor, happy or sad, foolish or wise, please, please let go of the world and cling to Jesus Christ. He alone can save you, He alone can give you life… real life (John 3:36; John 10:10).
Love Jonathan Ball