Misplaced Priorities

Yesterday Sherry and I spend the day cleaning out her mother’s apartment.  It was a day of both sadness and joy.  The joy came as I worked with my brother-in-law, who is so in love with Jesus.  We were able to laugh and to spend quality time together.  But there were also moments of sadness as we carried out so many things that had great value to mom but held little value to so many others.

Needless to say, the trips to the dumpster and the Rescue Mission brought a sobering reminder that at the end of one’s life, if he or she is not careful, the sum total of one’s life’s work will be of little value in eternity.

As I turned to Job 2, once again Satan comes to God and once again God holds up Job as one who follows Him in love.  Satan has a theory about humanity, “Skin for skin!  All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and flesh, and he will curse you to your face,” 2:4-5.  Little did Satan know but he was up against a guy who had his priorities in order.

However Job’s wife did not.  She gave Job some advice, “Curse God and die.”Wow, Satan must have been thinking about Job’s wife instead of Job when he spoke of humanity.  Question, “Would Satan be correct if he spoke this about your life today?”

Here is what I discover about Job’s wife.  First, she loved the delicacies of life.  When Job was prosperous and her children were prosperous she was as happy as could be.  I can see her throwing parties, showing off the house, speaking wonderfully about the children.  But I wonder, “did she give honor to God for all she had?”  James tells us that all good and perfect gifts come from above, James 1:16.

However things changed for Job’s wife when tough times came.  She loathed the disasters of life.  Friend, no one loves the disaster itself and I don’t think God would have us to say, “I love this disaster.”  But I do know that we are to praise the God who lead us to this place and we are count it all joy in what God is teaching us.  James writes, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,” 1:12.  The fact is, our trials show us where our priorities really are.

I am discovering so much about my life during these last two years of great trials. I can honestly say, “I have adjusted my priorities in many areas of life and God is still adjusting my life for His glory.”  Like Job I am proclaiming, “Shall we receive God from God and shall we not receive disaster,” 1:10.

I pray that when people go through my things and when they replay my life that they can see my life had the right priorities and that my life always praised the Lord.  Here is how the Psalmist put it in 39:4 “O Lord, make me to know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am.”

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