1 Timothy 6:7 for we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out;
We all have needs and we all have wants. Sometimes we think we need something but it’s just a want. Sometimes the needs and wants are the same things.
I’ve seen a few scattered memes that say in effect: I don’t know who needs to hear this but… then they go on to state some small or maybe not so small obvious truth or blessing. Here are a scattering of quotes I’ve come across this week some of which I know where they come from some I do not.
“Without a God who is the source of morality, morality is just a matter of opinion. So, if you want a good world, the death of Judeo-Christian values should frighten you.
I’m Dennis Prager.”
Of course, I’m not Dennis Prager, this is a quote from him, but this should be an obvious thought. We know it is wrong to murder because God tells us so. In a world where might makes right, there is no justice, but just because someone is bigger and stronger than someone else doesn’t make them right. We know this. And the God of the scriptures tells us how to live and how to live well.
“So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!”
This comes from a much longer piece telling others that being young isn’t forever and becoming older happens much faster than we ever think it will. Life and death are in the hand of God and no one knows when our time will be up.
I first saw this longer piece a few weeks ago when an acquaintance lost his wife. I don’t know if he wrote this or where it came from, but I can assure anyone reading this that the winter which he mentions comes faster than one can ever think it will.
What can be written to tie the needs in here with our thoughts? We need God and Biblical instruction. As it says in Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”. God’s truths will help us discern between right and wrong, good and evil in this world.
Second, along these lines is this, that too many erroneously believe they have forever to give their lives to God, but winter overtakes them. Or in some cases, they never get to the winter portion of their lives and it becomes too late. That we all want God is not always apparent, but we also all need God, throughout our lives. Our want and our need all in one.
3 If any man teacheth a different doctrine, and consenteth not to sound words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but doting about questionings and disputes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain:
7 for we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out;
8 but having food and covering we shall be therewith content.
9 But they that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.