Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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How We View The World

The earth was created by God for the purpose which He had established in His mind. He created it not in vain but He formed it to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18). The beauties of the earth are encompassed all around us. We plan vacation trips to diverse places so that we can gaze upon these beauties and behold their glories. A beautiful sunset over the ocean or a cascading waterfall dropping into a lush green lagoon below. People traverse the world over to bask in the beauties and wonders of the world.


As great as these beauties are we must still remember in our minds that the fashions of this world passeth away. The beauties of the world are transitory and they perish over time. The world is nothing else but a fluid thing of which the fashion is a pageantry passing away right before our eyes. The glories might be conceived greater than they are yet they are not consistent but in reality they are transient.


1 Corinthians 7:31 says “for the fashion of this world passeth away” and we can’t have an entire enjoyment of this fashion because they grow up and expire every moment and slip away between our fingers while we are using them.


Our portion should be found and placed in the Eternal God of Heaven above. Psalm 73:26 gives Asaph’s statement “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever”.


Yes our life will soon come to an end and our flesh will fail us but God is the one who will cause us to live forever in an incorruptible body (1 Corinthians 15:42, 43). As far as being our portion in life we need to consider between the Eternal God versus the fashion of the world. The comforts of this world are as candles that will end in a snuff but the things that flow from the Eternal God will last forever.


Why should we value a multicolored soap bubble in the air rather than a durable rock of diamonds or other precious gems? We must remember that our soul was made for an eternal continuance and the things of this world being of a short duration are not proportioned for the soul.


David conveys to us in Psalm 17:14 that men of the world who choose their portion in this life will be most miserable. This is what the wicked and worldly-minded have chosen as their portion and this will be their portion in this life with no eternal portion in the glories of Heaven.


Consider the truth in Proverbs 23:5 “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven”. We must guard against our soul being drawn aside and neglecting its true establishment and becoming busy in the concerns of a perishing body by seeking satisfaction in things that will glide away and vanish. The soul was created to be eternal but the body was created to be vanity, transient and temporary. Therefore we must guard against descending and placing our soul below its nature by choosing the fashions of this world as our portion in place of the Eternal God.

- Larry Bumgardner