Busying ourselves in vain

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Psalm 39:6 (ESV)

“Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; he heaps up riches and does not know who will gather them.”

This psalm of David talks about the frailty of life and how it will pass us by before we even know it. We like to think that we have all the time in the world. In God’s eyes, life is short and we need to make the most of it when we can. For Christians, it’s all about preparing ourselves for eternity with Christ.

We have to ask God to instruct us and guide us in our ways while we are here on earth. We have to see things from His perspective rather than our own. Human accomplishments, as great as they seem, fade away over time. Great empires thought they were on top of the world. After several years, they crumbled like the rest of them.

For those who trust in God, life has a meaning. We have a purpose. We have significance that is not tied to worldly achievements. We have value in the eyes of our savior Jesus Christ. Knowing that, we have to make the best of our time while we’re here. We can’t busy ourselves with worthless, selfish projects that end up fading away at the end. We have to leave a legacy.

As Christians, we are called to lead our future generations to follow Christ and all His teachings. We can’t waste time hoping someone else will do it for us. What’s the point of building up riches if we can’t take it to heaven with us when we die? Why spend our entire life trying to be successful in the world’s eyes when the world will someday fade away?

We can rest knowing that following God will lead to a joyful life. There will be pain and struggle because we live in an imperfect world. However, having God by our side will make it easier to go through the obstacles and challenges life throws at us. If we spend our time storing treasures in heaven instead of treasures on earth, we can make a difference. God loves us, which is why He wants us to make the best use of our time. So let’s not busy ourselves in vain. Instead, let’s do the work God has commanded us to do.

This week, pray about how you can wisely spend your time on this earth. Think about how you can lead others to Christ, so that we can prepare ourselves for the heavenly paradise that awaits us when our time on this world is done.

January 20, 2020