Many years ago, I worked for a company that sold timeshares. It was not an easy job – we had to get couples with specific qualifying aspects and ideals up to the hotel. Once there, a salesman would try sell them a timeshare.
How we did this was a bit tricky. We had a bag of prizes and from this bag, the couples would draw a prize, and if they wanted the prize, they had to come to the hotel and sit through the hour-long sales pitch. Yeah, it wasn’t very ethical or nice, but hey, it was a job. But I digress…
My point is this, these unsuspecting couples would win a weekend away at one of the timeshare accommodations but first they had to sit through an hour-long sales pitch. They also needed to organise their own transport to and from the holiday destination and to top it all off, the holiday cabin was self-catering.
So was this prize really that great? These couples weren’t exactly winning much that would really benefit them.
Have you ever received a gift that cost you more than you bargained for? Well sometimes in life, we can be promised many things – whether those things actually happen is another story all together and when they do happen, not all those great things are things that will benefit you.
The bible tells us in James 1 verse 17 that whatever is good and perfect is a gift from God. This is basically telling us that all good things that happen in our lives are a gift from God.
If all that is good and perfect comes from God, then how could Satan promise to give Jesus rule over all the kingdoms of the earth if only He fell down and worshipped him? Check out the devils words to Jesus.
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” – Matthew 4:8-9
The profound truth we can see in these seemingly contradictory verses is this: Not all that we see as good truly is good.
Sometimes we may believe that a thing is good and perfect but then later we find out that we have been swindled. Today, many people would have taken Satan up on his offer of ruling the world and most people would think it was a good thing – but would it really be? After all, what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?
You see, sometimes God’s good and perfect thing doesn’t always look that amazing to us or it may not look the way that we might have expected it to look, but if we have our trust in God’s omniscience and omnipotence and his love, then we can know without a doubt that God is in control.
Our best bet is to seek God for His wisdom when we have serious choices to make. In the hullabaloo of the world – smothered with all its appealing deceptions – we must seek God’s small whispering voice of reason and truth – then you will have a life filled with more joy and less troubles. We cause our own problems by not seeking God’s counsel in our lives.
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Your life will never be the same again!