Thursday
Aug 5th, 2021
The Games We Play: Life (Idolatry)
By: Lydia Florence
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Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (ESV)

Raise your hand if you think paying bills is fun!!!

Did you raise your hand? No? Me either.

How about managing your insurance policies? Calculating taxes? Paying bank loans? Does that sound like a good time to you?

Well, apparently the creators of the “Game of Life” thought that these would be normal and fun things to turn into a board game. I’m not sure who told them that was a good idea, but I do enough of those things in REAL life; I’m not interested in taking on more of that as a leisurely activity during family game night. Yuck. Give me Candyland instead.

Unfortunately, the “Game of Life” can be eerily similar to real life—a rat race of trying to get ahead, having more money, buying nicer cars, building bigger homes, working more impressive jobs. But no matter how much it seems like you’re winning, the happiness is short-lived and hollow. At the end of the day, it all goes back in the box. 

Not so with the life that God has for us. In sending Jesus, God gave us the best gift ever: Emmanuel. God WITH us. No matter how many other things we do or have, if we don’t have God with us, we have nothing. Without Him, we only have fickle, transient happiness. With Him, we experience the fullness of joy. Without Him, we only have fleeting gratification. With Him, we have eternal pleasure in His presence.

Without Him, we go back in a box in the ground… an abrupt and meaningless end to the game of life, with no redemption in eternity. With Him, we have life everlasting and glory with Jesus… a never-ending complete contentment that gives us hope and purpose.

He came so that we could have REAL life, and have it to the full!

Take a few minutes in complete quietness and invite God to spend the day with you today. He delights in being with you!

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