Sometimes, the King James Version (KJV) of the BIble states something so clearly and profoundly that very little else needs to be said:
This is my paraphrase of this verse: I’m apparently a whole lot better off having “little” with the Lord than I am having “great treasure and trouble” without Him.
Let’s not be deceived, friends – that which is most valuable we cannot perceive with our natural senses. It’s not to say that the things of this world that give us a (perhaps misguided?) sense of security lack value, but ultimately, they are not as valuable as the One who is not seen.
** Think of a diamond. For the most part, diamonds lack color, yet they are the most precious gemstone known to man. Of course, there are other gemstones out there – amethysts, sapphires, and emeralds – but their value pales in comparison to the diamond. Put another way, just because you can see color – purple, blue, and green, in this case – does not mean that what you see imputes greater value than that which cannot readily be seen. It’s simply different. We’d never be deceived into thinking that a sapphire is more precious than a diamond – trading in that which is immeasureably valuable for something that is much less precious – we do this with our spiritual lives (or at least I do, I’m honest) more often than we’d like to admit.
Some food for thought today. Let’s remember where (and with Whom) our true riches reside – both now and in eternity.
Dear Lord, thank You for reminding me that true wealth is found in You alone. Help me to not be deceived by the allure of worldly things, and remember that nothing (and no one) can ever serve as a substitute for You. I’d rather have a little with You than a whole lot without You! In Your name I pray, Amen.
[ ** I am not a gemologist, so my apologies in advance if my take on gemstones is incorrect. I know that there are colored diamonds that are very valuable, and that there are colored gemstones that also are highly prized. I simply am trying to use images that we can all recognize to further underscore my point.]