“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’ ” (John 4:13-14).
The Bible makes it clear that God gives His children good things. Consider these verses:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
On the other hand, this world offers us little by way of value. Even the good things of this world do not last. Moses gave up the treasures of an Egyptian life in the palace, calling it a “passing pleasure” (Hebrews 11:25). He could have enjoyed fleeting pleasures, but instead chose God’s side where he would find lasting reward. God gives us good things that last.
Some years ago, Los Angeles reporter Ralph Story produced a show called, “Things That Aren’t Here Anymore.” He brought back memories of buildings, places and people that once captured attention, but no longer exist. The things he spoke of were good things, but they did not last. God’s love fills the soul with eternal things, such as love and hope. He promises us the hope of a better world, and even gives us His Holy Spirit as a pledge (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13-14). When we ponder the rich and precious promises of God, they satisfy us in ways the world cannot. God gives us good things that last. When all else passes on, God’s love for us abides.
Two short reminders:
1. Do not place too much stock in the pleasures of this world.
It seems like we’re always looking forward to some future stage of life. Why? Probably because our present stage is not satisfying. We can spend years gobbling up the goodies of this world, but the taste soon wanes, and we’ll soon come up empty.
2. Enjoy and embrace God’s love now, knowing that His promises will come to pass.
We cannot bank on much in this world, but we can fully place our trust in God. When He promises things, He will deliver them because He cannot lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18). Whoever places hope in God, will never be disappointed.
Posted on Fri, November 4, 2016
by Sam Petitfils