January 29, 2019: Trading the Eternal for the Temporary?

 

Jeremiah 44:15-18 (NIV)
15  Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present–a large assembly–and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, said to Jeremiah,
16  “We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD!
17  We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm.
18  But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.”

Hebrews 11:24-26 (NIV)
24  By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
25  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
26  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

Those who refuse to submit to God’s discipline will never be good at real math.  They esteem he pleasures of this world far too much and the pleasures of being with God far too little.  Consider their equation.

The pleasures of this world are greater than the pleasures of God.  They could not see that The Pleasures of this world do not equal the pleasures of God.

Moses saw it correctly, when he esteemed the Disgrace of Christ as much greater value than all the treasures of Egypt.

Once again the Word of God show us how to math correctly.  There are many in our world who are great at performing all the right calculations and equations they learned in math class but they lack the ability to perform to right calculations when it comes to obedience to God.

I leave you with one question to consider, “How is your math?”

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