Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Text: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John 2:17.

Comment: There are various pleasurable things that man has devised for himself but which are abominations to God. (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Although new  and more iniquitous ways seems to arise to satisfy these strong desires, they are not actually new for there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Fashion is another endeavour that seeks in a number of cases, to undermine the will of God concerning man. That these things rise and later fade away from the minds of people is a clear but hidden sign to many of the vanity in it all. The doing of the will of God leads to everlasting life in his Kingdom. In Psalm 37:22,29 we are informed,  “For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.” The deceptive factors in the things of the world which also constitutes the strong desires in man to satisfy are the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life. (1 John 2:15,16). These things do not give life either in this world or the world to come which is God’s Kingdom fully established. This is the vanity of it all. Christ declared in Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”.

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