Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me [Isaiah 46:9 ESV]

When Isaiah wrote those words to the people of Israel, he was warning them against the temptation of following the gods of other nations, reminding them of the sovereignty of the One True God. The ancient world had gods that represented the things that our flesh craves, love, sex, money, power, prosperity, etc.

Modern society still holds these as virtues and offers them as substitutes for God. While perhaps pleasing in the moment, they are empty and they rob us of the joy we feel when we are right with the Lord.

What or whom do you trust? Are you trusting in money, or people, or even religion? If you trust in anything other than God, you're going to be let down, but "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" [Hebrews 13:5 ESV]

Pastor Dave Williams

 

As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else. [1 Thessalonians 2:6]

 

How often do you seek human praise? It seems that we often try to be validated and honored among men and women, especially the ones we know and serve. There is this part of us that wants to be recognized for our accomplishments and deeds, even ministry for Jesus Christ. The Pharisees looked for human praise and turned against the Messiah when crowds followed Him. Jesus did not look for human praise because He was looking for acceptance and honor from His Father. He found His purpose and life in Him. We should be the same way. We should know that we are chosen, accepted, and loved by our Father. We should live to obey Him and find fulfillment in Him. The praise of humans comes and goes, but the honor and acceptance from our heavenly Father will remain.

 

Pastor Mike Aceves