Topic: 1 Corinthians 10:6
What are the dreams of your future?
As we begin a new year, we embrace a fresh start and determine not to repeat our mistakes. Yet, we can't move forward without examining the past with the illuminating power of God's Word in order to discover the wrong attitudes and actions in which we also have become entangled.
Thus, when Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he gave them a lesson from Israel's history. Although all the Israelites experienced God's protection in the desert; all were miraculously provided with manna and nourished not only physically, but also spiritually; Paul noted, "Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert." (1 Corinthians 10:5)
What does God not being pleased with them have to do with us? They lived and died thousands of years ago. What possible relevance could their lives have to ours? The next verse gives the reason.
"Now these things occurred as examples, to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did." (1 Corinthians 10:6)
Too easily, we set our hearts on evil things.
Where have you set your heart? What thoughts occupy your thinking and where do you allow your mind to dwell? How are you spending your energy, your time, and your financial resources?
The Bible reminds us in Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
This year let's set our hearts on seeking God.
~Holy God, may I set my heart on You alone. Wash away the sinful desires and misguided goals on which I have fixed my attention. Replace them with a passion to do Your will.
How do we set our hearts on seeking God? What are some lessons from your own (or your family's) history that you need to remember so as not to repeat them?
by S. Benner