Scripture: verse 6
This is what Adonai has ordered you to do, so that the glory of Adonai will appear to you.
Observation: The classic human religious tradeoff is that humans have to do x, y, and z, and their god will be happy with them and make them rich. This verse is God’s version.
For one thing, we are commanded to be holy. Not good enough, not doing enough good things to outweigh our bad things. Holy. We can’t be holy, so (thankfully) God has arranged for a Substitute to take all the not-holy. But our lack of holiness requires blood and death.
We can’t make up for the not-holy. It has to be taken away.
And once we are made holy, we aren’t necessarily promised health and wealth and happiness. God does provide those things, but He is selective about what He gives us. If a time of sickness or poverty will be better in the long run, that’s what He provides. He’s a wise father, not an indulgent babysitter.
But. We are promised the presence of His glory. Once we are made holy, we get to see our God face to face. We get to ask Him questions and get answers. We get to tell Him things and have Him comfort us. We get to see His glory.
Nobody else promises that.
Application: According to the authors of Happy Money, people who buy experiences are happier for longer than people who buy things. So we have a choice. We can spend our time and energy pursuing things like wealth. Or we can experience the glory of Almighty God.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for being my Substitute, for taking my not-holy on yourself. Thank you for being my ticket into God’s presence. Help me to rest in His glory instead of being anxious over my own concerns. Amen.