Earlier this week some friends invited us to go to the lake for some jet-ski fun. While riding around I was struck by the massive and beautiful architecture of a house on one side of the water. Anyone would immediately notice the size, but I had no idea of the true expanse. The house itself is over 36,000 square feet of luxury. It has a bowling ally, a go-cart track, a massive workshop, a 20 car garage, an equestrian center, and the list could go on. The estate sold earlier this year for 16.7 million dollars. You can see more here, if you like.
The world knows that we are all looking for something. There are countless “life coaches” who make a living helping people realize what they want and how to get it. A group of “influencers” will trade some of their YouTube/instagram/Facebook/twitter “voice” for some benefit from you, offering you the possibility of greater popularity, and often: more wealth. Social media and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) experts promise you greater reach with your limited marketing dollars. “Health experts” write innumerable books, blogs, and articles to help you have a longer, more fulfilling life.
All of these people and fields are offering you some things the Lord has already promised in certain circumstances.
Money… fame… longevity.
Where do we get those?
“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4
Exactly the same things that so many marketing schemes, influencers, coaches, and social media accounts promise. Worth taking note.
May the Lord help us remember that He rewards those who fear him, and humbly seek him!