Today’s January 19 daily devotional contains a Bible passage that touches each one of us: Do not deceive yourselves.
Devotional for Today, January 19
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (full text at 1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
God’s View is Decisive
What our society has come to regard as the criteria for success are not, in God’s eyes, decisive criteria. What people may flaunt before one another, unfortunately in God’s world, will not be considered a success.
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When it comes to our relationship with God and our future in eternity, neither physical strength, a nice body, nor political power will have much value. Even the number of followers on social networks will become worthless.
Do you understand this?
Do not Deceive Yourselves
The true values that come from God have been and will be the most important and the most decisive. And it doesn’t matter that they are not valued in modern society.
It has always been difficult for people to accept the fact that God is free from human criteria. In relation to man, God is not bound by man’s trending worldview.
I think that in all these years humanity has never understood this.
What Paul is saying is: Do not deceive yourselves. (1 Corinthians 3:18)
False Criteria will be Removed
God will tear down everything you are so proud of. He who is proud of himself shows what he puts his hope in what he trusts in, what he believes in.
To say “I am proud of myself” means I am confident in myself and in my achievements. But we know from our own experience how fragile, temporary, maybe even foolish this is. Just one bad circumstance, just one unfortunate event, or an unexpected illness, can instantly destroy everything you have built for so many years.
This is the sin of this world, to trust not in the eternal God, but in the temporal material world
This is the sin of this world, to trust not in the eternal God, but in the temporal material world.
Put God First
Therefore, from the words of the Apostle Paul we conclude that in our scale of values, God must always, always, always be at the top of the list.
Trust Him first. Because He will never end or disappear. God is eternal.
And the values of the world have a short shelf life. They are fragile and lose their value in an instant.
The wise, in the eyes of men, cling to the values of this world. The wise, from God’s point of view, cling to God.
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, Son of the living God, I ask you to be the source of my life, to be my firm foundation. Be the rock on which I want to build my life. Jesus, be my main motive and argument when I need to make decisions in life. You are the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.
Also read: Devotional for January 18