It’s all about faith and will you live by faith. Without faith we cannot please God. But pride can kill dreams and lose our souls. So did King Saul and Judas Iscariot lost their dreams and the latter hung himself because of the deep guilt and sinful greed over 20 pieces of silver. The all have a eternal destiny but they lost it. But King David continue to strengthen him in God, with thoughts that are pure and truth. Both ways of faith in God against greed and pride in the Biblical stories above are in the paths of collision. Hence, what would be our choice?
If it falls on us to decide then we decide, let God decide as He is sovereign and mighty as depicted by Luke: 16. 17. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law to fall. Else we be humble and let God help exalt us as advices by Apostle 1 Peter: 5. 6. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7. casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. Humbleness and humility is a virtue in almost all great religions including Christianity as demonstrated by our savior Jesus Christ. The opposite of humbleness is the sin of pride. Self pride and possessing the power of knowledge draws us away from God our creator. By humbling ourselves to God attracts favor as justified by James: 4. 6. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore [the scripture] saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
Judas Iscariot although sounded noble in many of his ways but he got used to take money from others. Even Apostle John labeled him a thief as seen in John: 12. 6. Now this he said, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the bag took. But Jesus still trusted him with His ministries’ funds even until the last supper Jesus still choose to dine with the twelve Apostles and washed all their feet as a sign of servanthood and loyalty and yet Iscariot chooses to betray the innocent lamb of God for personal riches as seen in Luke: 22. 3. And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4. And he went away, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might deliver him unto them. 5. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. Greed may also kills dreams and hope of a person in end like in Judas Iscariot.
A non-contented person will always chase after worldly dreams to become a quick strike rich billionaire or winning a jackpot lottery ticket or winning streak of gambling or even employing dubious cheating, lying and con tactics to get money, etc as advised in Philippians: 4. 11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. 12. I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. 13. I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.
If we want others to be contented with their salaries and what wealth they have; It starts with us that we shall be certain, convinced, cheerful and satisfied with all the provisions and things that God already have blessed us with as seen in an advice to Roman soldiers by Apostle Luke: 3. 14. And soldiers also asked him, saying, And we, what must we do? And he said unto them, Extort from no man by violence, neither accuse [any one] wrongfully; and be content with your wages.
The story of the wisest man in history was King Solomon, who had 700 wives and 300 concubines, despite forewarned by Jehovah to the Israelites on not to intermarriage with ungodly people and marry for lust and sexual cravings. Later when he got old he let down his guard and his heart was not loyal to God any more, he got used to a extravagant life of royalty, luxury, indulgence, pleasure, lust and sex. And his old lovers also started to turn away from him, because they saw him changed as recorded in 1 Kings: 11. 1. Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; 2. of the nations concerning which Jehovah said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. 4. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Jehovah his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6. And Solomon did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and went not fully after Jehovah, as did David his father.
Because King David could still lead a group of grieving and anguished people who wanted to stone him. For only the strength of the Lord can strengthen King David and lead his people who didn’t like him as recorded by prophet 1 Samuel: 30. 6. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David strengthened himself in Jehovah his God.
What gets us tired day in and day out, draining all of our physical energy and even sucking our spiritual life force out of us and in a matter of a fact we can get tired any time and any where. It is a matter of what gets us tired? Do you realize when it happened and what or who caused it frequently? We must learn to lay aside those weight else that weight may kill us in the long run. If the tiredness forces us to give up, there is something wrong with the weight that is overwhelming us. It is that weight that we need God’s help as depicted in Hebrews: 12. 1. Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2. looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3. For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls.
Good tiredness is easy to sleep it off. More importantly we must not loose heart or become weary with good tiredness, as it is God training us and flexing us to build up our capacities, endurance and strength as advised in Galatians: 6. 9. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Exchange your burden with the Lord and take on His yoke that is light and easy.
The mother of all sins in people is because of our loss of focus, where we got our eyes off God and focus on our problems, on worldly indulgence, material possessions and vain endowment. Sins is so easily snares us and entrap us because we have fallen short of a higher standard when we do something without faith. Alot of time we do not even know that it is wrong or we have actually sinned because everyone is also doing it that way or pretend ignorant and hoping that God will not notice us sinning quietly and secretly. But that wages of sins which carries the death sentence will eventually catch up with us sooner than we thought or hoped possible.
We do not look at people, we put our focus at our Lord Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith; rest assured we will be fixed, waxed and polished and shall run a good race of faith and finish strong in our legacy. Thus, we must not be discouraged and continue to live a sinless perfection life by faith in Christ Jesus. For our God is an eternal God who wants to bless us forever more.