What is it with this World?

Bubbling Brook (Proverbs 18)
Bubbling Brook (Proverbs 18)

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.” (Proverbs 17:27)

I am not quite there yet.

What is it of this world, in this life that we find ourselves happier than in previous generations? First, do you actually believe this? I am uncertain of the majority, for history teaches that many were always left wanting. There are no doubts that we are always on a journey for greater fulfillment, be it material, position, spiritual or metaphysical. Our desire for more is never satiated; we each have been let loose on this world to pursue many personal needs, seldom stopping to pick up our brothers and sisters.

What amount of sin is available to us now that was not easily attainable in prior centuries or millennia? Is it quantifiable? It shouldn’t be arguable that in Nevada there is little in want out of reach for a few dollars. In Mexico there isn’t anything that’s not available for a little foreign exchange. The more means you have in life, the easier it is to attain any level of desire that pleases the flesh. By virtue of lot in life, the poor should naturally be in a state of greater piety because they can afford so little.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded: and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

Why are there so few Mother Theresa’s? Our hero’s are mere boys out of high school and college playing organized games. Olympic athletes spend every waking moment to attain just that, a moment in the limelight, a picture on a cereal box and then a life of mediocrity. Medals and trophies stored up on earth while the coffers of heaven are neglected and empty.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

I am nothing here on this earth. I myself am in no position to judge the inequity of the commoner. I can hold no grudge to any foreign body wanting a place of superiority in this world. I am full of want and limited on restraint. Much I have been given, and little have I not misused. Age equalizes the tempted heart, our tastes change, we recognize the tempestuous behavior of immature souls, cringing at the mere thought such folly will bring.

“Words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.” (Proverbs 18:4)

What is this unseen soul hiding within my breast,

Energy from above, do you wish me a quick death,

Is it you I blame for my limitless test,

Oh entity of unknown shape, are you my last breath?


“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:46)

It is arguable that we have reached the pinnacle of human prosperity coupled with some semblance of subjective character. There is an amassing body of believers watching the skies. We need not look at calendars to understand what the atoms of this Earth are telling us.

“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19)

Our bodies are from this earth, but God put within our breast a spirit to live with him and rejoice for all days. The clock of nature is reaching the hour when God will wait no longer; he will endure the cruelty and wickedness of this place no more. Christians, we cannot put off the inevitable, we’ve let down our guard and we stopped taking care of our own. New generations are going to endure pains we ourselves didn’t prepare them for. We looked to man too many times to provide our needs, our nations are adulterous.

 “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes and enemy of God.” (James 4:5)

 

Our lives can no longer only be about voting, but lifting our poor, our weak, our desperate and our destitute.  Time is running out, the groom is preparing the way for the bride.  God Bless you humble spirits of the Lord.  Peace be with you.

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tlpoague 6 years ago from USA

It has become obvious that the temptations of the world far outweigh the belief in God. Thoughtful hub!


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Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

The world runs down every road,but the one that leads to God.That is the road that,if you blink...you will miss it.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

My thoughts on this would fill a book.....but I will spare you and your readers.

Mankind is prideful, each one of us are guilty. We are proud of our backgrounds, associations, awards, recognitions, incomes, possesions........on and on and on

We fail ourselves in 2 basic ways.......

we fail to acknowledge where our gifts and power comes from and we take pride in our own pride. Can you follow that last part? There is NO such thing as a " self made man" and no man is an island.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Tlpoague, Thank you for visiting my hub and being the first to comment, I appreciate you comments, I hope you found something for which spoke to you and gives pause to the ways of this world. God Bless you, I hope you seek his face.

Hi Jack, Thanks for the quick response. You are very right, the ‘way is narrow’ for sure, all the more reason for us to take inventory of our gifts and how we are administering those gifts for the glory of God. I just hope I am doing more good and harm.

Thank you for the contribution friend

The Lord keep you strong

Hi GW – I am happy to see you often as well, thank you for the great answer to my question earlier, I appreciated it. Please feel free anytime to contribute in part or in whole. I hope to learn from all of you. You are too correct when you state how man is of himself. We always first try on our own, it isn’t until we are face down in the gutter that we flop over on our back and face God.

You are indeed a good woman of God,

God Bless


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

JM,

The answer to the inquiries you put forth are all known as God planted His answer within each of us but we have willfully and arrogantly dethroned Him and placed ourselves in His seat. It is blatant rebellion against our Creator God.

What was it that served Satan in Balaam? Greed, covetousness, worldly gain, and so forth. The self is complex and its expressions are legion and serve only Satan. Wherever there is the tiniest trace or insinuation of self, the glory of God is obscured and the Cross a meaningless tree.

Thank you for the wisdom revealed in this hub and the sensitivity of Christian consciousness revealed.

Love, peace and joy in Him,

Forever His,


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

We have such idols these days it is unreal. Everything we put before God is an idol. Here in America that is just about everything imaginable. Great hub thought provoking


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi SW,

You are one who helps to inspire me with your writings, teachings and spiritual submission. I am still yet an infant in my knowledge of things Christ like, I pour out my soul for those in the middle, to understand what it is like to be trapped in a body of sin, wanting to only think of our Lord and Savior, and to know longer want the nice things of this world. My struggle is my awakening, my eyes do see clearly even though my steps are awkward.

I thank you for your kind encouragement reverend.

Your friend in walking…


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Michael,

Thank you for visiting and contributing to the community. No doubt we have idols for our idols. What more can we add when we have one of the worlds most popular television show “American Idols!” Who needs a golden calf anymore; there are awards ceremonies for breathing. It is too sad to innumerate.

Kind comments appreciated.

God Bless.


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

Beautifully said Brother Jason!

The heart is what keeps us alive, but who can truly know it except for God. The fact that we were called into relationship with Him, means He sees something there within us which He can build upon!

Sometimes we can't see it for ourselves--but I think that is Satan trying to rob us of our joy, in our service to our Lord!

I think--based upon your writings, which are so "from the heart" you have that "balance" of wisdom and perception to keep you in God's love. May we all be so blessed as that my Brother!

Wonderful job, well said!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Laurie,

Thank you for your kindness. You said it; Satan wants to rob us of a shared Joy with God, and to tear us down in the sight of the Lord so that we become removed from him. It is an act of betrayal. In each of us the Lord has a job we must perform that only we have be prepared for by him. It’s thrilling and intimidating.

Thank you Laurie, you lift my spirits with great encouragement.

God Bless.


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

.........wish I had written this one! Wonderful!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Jeremey,

That is a pretty good compliment you gave me, I really appreciate it. I have read of your own personal struggles and understand why would say this. Life is hard for all of us, not any particular voting block, but humans. Christians need to remember what it is we were commanded to due, if it were easy, and then everyone would be in the pot.

Take care.


Bryant E. Manning 6 years ago

Thanks, good reminders. Here are some more verses.

Jeremiah 17:5

This is what the LORD says: "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD.

Proverbs 21:13

If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.

Matthew 25:45

"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Bryant,

these are indeed excellent contributions, thank you. I especially like the verse from Jeremiah, it relates well to the world hiding from the ONE.

God Bless Bry.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

We have little time here on Earth. This time must be spent holding up the Golden Rule. That's the law. Running around with our clothes off and encouraging others to be the same is silly. Than we have government?!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

This is a great Hub. Oh, think what we could do if 50% of our earnings were not confiscated by the government! We could truly affect the poor where it counts most: in their hearts. No bureaucrat could, nor would be allowed to, do that.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi James,

Thanks for the great input, I believe as you do, we may do more for ourselves, but we especially can lift those in our community when we can offer jobs, supply needs and build confidence in their broken hearts. Thanks for stopping by friend.


Bryant E. Manning 6 years ago

Thanks Jason, may the Lord bless you too.


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Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

We have to be connected to the God and keep to be close to him most of our live. Thank you for sharing and keep up your good work friend.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Neverletitgo,

Thank you friend, it is very true that we will never make sense of this place on our own accord. We must rely on a (the) power that gives birth to knowledge. I appreciate your comments.

God Bless.


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

This is a well written hub. Our time here is fleeting, growing ever shorter day by day. The important things are those eternal things, those of the spirit, which lasts forever.

When we change our focus, then we can change our world.

Namaste.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Deborah,

Thank you for stopping by to read and leave a comment. The soul is eternal, the less we can pollute it, the better. I agree, when we do look to other things of this world, gears shift, but not always toward the right ends.


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

Had to come back for a second read in search of a touch of inspiration! Thanks.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Jeremey, you are always welcome to send me an email about any subject. Take care friend.


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Craan 6 years ago from Florida

Very inspiring hub! It is important for Christians to support each other and totally rely on The Almighty God for guidance.

What are we to do when Christians are persecuted for following Jesus Christ like the human rights atrocities suffered by Christians in India, Russia and China?


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Craan,

thank you for taking the time to read my work. I really appreciate your kind accolades. I am with you, we have an obligation to stick up for our brothers and sisters. I honestly cannot answer what I would do if I were to actually witness my fellow Christian being persecuted. The reason why I will not answer it is one of the few times I keep my thoughts of action to self. They are strong feelings, I can tell you that. If I were in Russia or China, I probably would already be dead, only God knows. Thank you Craan.

God Bless.


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Sharon Douglas 5 years ago from GA, United States

inspiring hub.

Surely God has planted within everyone of us his spirit of life.

To shine forth one must accept the light.


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blondey 5 years ago

Hi, I wanted to add to my other comment on your other hub...It frustrates me when you say "you aren't there yet" with your spirituality.

IMO, There are plenty of ways to "get there"....For me, I have a life long illness, so I have my heavy cross already to bear and to grow with..

If you want to 'get there' maybe you should ask God for suffering, or give money to poor people, or something. I'm sorry if this sounds rude but isn't it obvious that the world is going down the toilet?


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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Blondey, I respect diffences of opinion from all aspects of life. If you really believe that your last statement means you do not understand Revelation at all. We are entering the days where the world will be prepared for the coming Christ to make things right again, just as he did with Noah. My perspectives are brought on by what I see with my spiritual eyes, not with a worldly heart. I am sorry to hear of your heavy burden, I can pray for your burden.


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blondey 5 years ago

I'm looking forward to revelation...Yes, of course the world is full of evil, we know that don't we? If you read my hubs on spiritual and Christianity under schoolgirlforreal, you'll see I'm quite informed..


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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Blondey, I certainly will check out your hub. If you agree with me on the status of things (or should I say agree with Christ) I am no one, then I guess I am not sure why you felt you were being rude or where it is we exactly differ on. I am not a mainstream Christian, but that is probably obvious... ;-) Thank you for the challenge.


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blondey 4 years ago

Hi,

lol

I'm not sure at this point what we were discussing.

Great hub. Very nice :-)

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