Pr. 23:5: “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”
Solomon was telling his son not to overwork to become rich. With our citizenship being in heaven, and the fact that riches will fade away, there is a time to cease. There are many types of “riches” on which we can set our minds.
Until 4:00 a.m., I was lying in bed for an hour or so trying to “be anxious for nothing.” I had recited Ph. 4:6-7 several times, offering thanksgiving to God and praying, in order that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, would guard my heart and mind. Sometimes I guess I expect that the peace will fall heavily upon me and I will no longer think about my anxieties, but it didn’t necessarily do that this time. I do believe; however, that it is guarding my heart and mind, and the moment a forceful attack comes, the protection will already be in place.
I am anxious because at 8:45 this morning I will be having the x-ray that will let me know how the fracture in my shin has healed. This could go 1 of 3 ways, and after 7 weeks of putting no weight on my leg, I feel ready to get back to “normal life.”
Will I set my eyes on that which is not? That’s what anxiety is. In Ph. 4:11, Paul writes, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Anxiety is me not being content in my current state. Anxiety is me worrying about the future, when I’m still in the present.
Now, I recall Jesus in the garden the night before His betrayal. He said that His soul was deeply sorrowful, even to death. It does give me peace in knowing that even Jesus became sorrowful and asked that the cup be passed from Him. Understanding what He faced, I am not comparing my level of sorrow to His. I do, however, take comfort in the fact that He truly does understand what it means to want an impending event not to take place.
I do not want to hear the doctor say that I am not healed. Even before I go; however, I must decide, if I will set my eyes on those uncertain things? If I am not healed, will God still supply my needs? Of course. The “riches” I desire do not ensure a perfect life. Jesus gave Himself to God’s will in order to glorify His Father. That’s the point of our lives, and if I cannot glorify my Father with on crutches, then perhaps I never can.
I am a child of God, and no matter what state I am in, He will still provide. Setting my eyes now on things above, reminds me that peace comes from knowing and trusting in God. With Him, I am complete, and can now cease over-worrying about my riches. It’s God’s riches I’m counting on! 🙂
Resting in Him,