Today, I’m reminded in Isaiah 23 that our first priority should be to bring glory to God.
It’s easy to get caught up in the accomplishments of man. Just look at the advances in technology, science and medicine in the past 15 years. If you just think for a minute, you can think of 3 or 4 major advancements in just about any industry.
The city of Tyre was an ancient city of great wealth. Situated on the ocean, it was widely celebrated for trade and merchandise – the Wal-Mart of ancient times. Yet, Isaiah had a message to this great, strong city from God:
8 Who has brought this disaster on Tyre, empire builder and chief trader of the world? 9 The LORD Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show his contempt for all human greatness.
Remember, faithful ones, our main purpose on this earth is not to be famous, accumulate wealth or possessions. Our main focus is to bring glory to God. Without Him, there is no lasting purpose. Stop and think for a moment of any wealthy people you know who do not know God. I know several who continue to amass riches and possessions in their journey to find fulfillment. They try and try to fill that “God-shaped-hole” inside them, but the things they attempt to fill it with leave them wanting more and more. As a result, they remain unfulfilled and conflicted.
God tells us that even our best is as filthy rags to Him (Is 64:6). Like the people of Tyre, there are those who have become so proud of their accomplishments they no longer pursue God. That’s why God says it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven (Lu 18:25). It’s not that being wealthy is a bad thing – God wants us to prosper. It’s just that when men have so much money as to be self-sufficient, human nature tends to not “need” God. That’s why you hear of stories of people who suddenly lost everything, turn back to God.
The point of all this is that God wants our hearts. He put us here to worship Him. When we get off track and pursue our own selfish desires, He sometimes has to make a course correction – like the people of Tyre. They were crushed by King Nebuchadnezzar and the army of the Chaldeans. But 70 years later, they returned. Do you think they turned back to God then? No.
Lord, I ask You to help me learn from my hard lessons. I recognize that I was created to worship You and I want everything I do to be with that in mind. I am nothing without You, Lord. Everything I have is because of You. I need You. May my life glorify You today!