Monday, September 28, 2009

Trivial Pursuits

Sometimes there are those sermons that just stick out in your mind. Yesterday was one of those. Our guest pastor preached from Psalm 84 - one of those Psalms that's nice enough to read but, when studied, you're a little blown away by all that's in it.

Basically, it's about a guy who worked at the church (temple) and all he wanted, all he craved was to be closer to God, to have more time with God.

The message was that so many times we get lost in chasing trivial pursuits - we want that perfect relationship/husband, a better job, more money, an education, a 24" waist, a new car, etc. Whenever we find ourselves in the valley, we are so focused on getting out of it instead of just focusing on God and knowing He'll bring us out in time. It definitely captivated my attention because so many of the trivial pursuits he mentioned were things I've been focusing on. Not that goals are bad, it's just when you are focused on them, you can't be focused on God. It's just the opposite when we focus on God. He said:

"No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly." - Psalm 84:11b

I think it's hard personally to rememeber sometimes that God wants good things for us and, if He takes something away, it must not be what's good for us - at least at that time. That kind of hit me yesterday in a not-what-you-want-to-hear realization.

It's just like that old hymn - when we long and crave for God, "the things of earth (all those "trivial pursuits") will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."


Kayla said...

WOW! I've got to read that during my quiet time tonight. I'm glad God spoke to you here! I love you Ash!

Katie said...

Yikes. Way to smack me with some conviction tonight when I wasn't expecting it. Darn you past Ashley ;)