THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)
DON’T GIVE IN TO EXTERNAL TEMPTATIONS
A man in a responsible position, entrusted with large sums of money, was one day tempted to put some of the cash into his own account. He knew that it would be a long time before his theft could be discovered. He resisted the temptation but felt that he must tell somebody the anguish of mind through which he had passed.
He went, therefore, to the man who had occupied the position before him, and told him all about the temptation, and how he had almost fallen. To his surprise, the man did not criticize him, but put his hand on his shoulder in a fatherly sort of way. “I know exactly how you felt,” he said quietly. “I went through it all myself when I occupied your position.” (Bill Butsko, Christian Herald)
We’ve all been in situations where something looked good and we wanted it but it didn’t belong to us. It started with Adam and Eve in the garden seeing the forbidden fruit and thinking it looked good but it wasn’t theirs to have. The “desires of the eyes” in 1 John 2 is the cravings and lusts stimulated by what is seen. It’s also wandering eyes that continually want more riches, beauty, possessions or even people but always remain covetous.
Much of the advertising we see is designed to make us see something and feel like something is missing from our life. Sometimes we see the material possessions of others, position of others or relationships of others and it makes us crave something that’s not ours. Paul claims to have found the secret of contentment in Philippians 4:11-13. Read those verses and ask God to help you discover the secret of contentment in your life.