Psalm 14:1-3 (NIV)
The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
A lot can be determined by the way we view life. In Sholome Aleichem’s quote, only the fool regards life as a game. Whether in seeking entertainment for our own life, or reducing the life of others to something funny in our view, making a game of life is not the best approach. Much of how we exist in life is directly incumbent on the view we hold and our response to that view. Keeping a balance helps to temper our perspective, and also helps to keep us considerate of our responses in the lives of others. Without that balance we run the risk of becoming rooted in an extreme behavior, and insensitive to the effects of that behavior on those around us. Morality is the best temperament agent for keeping a balance as well as a guard to allow compassion to remain in the forefront.
Since the beginning of recorded history, and a long time before its documentation, God has been the highest standard of morality of most every society. When a society becomes Godless we don’t have to scratch our heads to understand what it has become… “F___ish.”
When you look around at the state of the world, it’s clear that we are riddled with problems. A good many of which are of our own design. Mans effort to correct his ills, for the most part, is a hit or miss proposition. When we do manage to effect some relief it seems to be short lived. All too often our attempts bring about conditions that exacerbate the problem. Take for instance the recent advance of cellular technology. We can do now on a cellphone what use to take considerably more time and equipment. Something that would, on the surface, seem like progress. However, along with this advance has come a step backward in interpersonal relationships. People are disconnected. We’ve traded social media for real social involvement.
This is but one example of how mans effort and view of things has taken him off the path.
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
Modern man has wrapped his head around the idea that he is capable of doing most anything. We convince ourselves and teach others that we can do it. Consider these familiar phrases…
Don’t give up.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
If at first you don’t succeed… try, try again.
It seems that we are in need of a reminder of where our strength really comes from.
Job 9:4 (NIV)
His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.
Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Mankind hopefully, will one day understand that we are God’s creation, created to do good works which He has ordained. All of our attempts to write Him out of the picture, and not acknowledge His Will in our lives is a wasted effort. The further we try to move away from God, the more of a game we make the life we live.
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 (NIV)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
In closing I give this recommendation to one and all…
Draw close to God and learn the knowledge of His ways.
You won’t find Him if you’re not looking.