“She bought great quantities of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet cloth; things made of fragrant thyine wood, ivory goods, and objects made of expensive wood; and bronze, iron, and marble. She also bought cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flur, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, wagons, and bodies-that is, human slaves. “The fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry. “All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.” Revelation 18:12-14 NLT
Reading through this list of luxuries, I think about the wise men giving the frankincense and myrrh to Jesus. I look into my own heart. How is it like Babylon? What am I grasping onto for myself? Am I looking to others for what they can do for me? Or am I genuinely loving them like Jesus?
“This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore-too many to count!” Isaiah 48:17-19 NLT
What am I looking to for fulfillment? I don’t want to miss out on spiritual blessings, because I am so consumed with the things of this world. And hold on to them so tightly that it becomes an idol…forgetting that it is all His anyway.
“My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! Wake up, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song. I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth. Now rescue your beloved people. Answer and save us by your power. Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless. With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.” Psalms 108:1-13 NLT
Dear Father, I want to have a grateful heart. Thank you for all the ways you have provided for me. I desire to be a good steward of your gifts. Give me eyes to see your beauty all around me. Help me to have an eternal perspective. You get the glory. Amen.