Wisdom Wednesday: Worthless Things

“I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me” (Psalms 101:2-3 ESV).

I’ll admit that I write most often about the things that God is speaking to me about. I feel God’s conviction as I endeavor to walk the path of holiness. And I know that I’m not alone. It is the longing of my heart that in sharing my own struggles and convictions I am able also to help you along the same path.

The first words of verse one remind us to set our sights on holiness, the “blameless way.” While we all understand that we won’t reach perfection while we walk the earth, we also understand that we need to aim high. “I will ponder the way that is blameless.”

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2 ESV). I see this verse in a couple of different ways. On the one hand, when Christ returns and we see Him face to face, we will be holy as He is holy. On the other hand, however, we receive revelation, pictures of Jesus, that give us a glimpse into how He see’s the things in our lives. As we take that revelation and move toward bringing it to fulfillment in our lives, we become more holy. I think the psalmist had a glimpse of the second coming when he said, “Oh when will you come to me?”

“I will walk with integrity of heart within my house.” I find that it is often easier to walk with integrity when we are out in the world. If they know that we are Christians, and they should, they’ll be watching. Knowing that helps us to avoid some major pitfalls. But when we are closed up in the comfort and relative safety of our homes, it’s easier to let our guard down. It’s easier to allow ourselves to be molded by things that we shouldn’t.

Perhaps that is why the psalmist said, “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.” I think most people think of the television when they read this verse. But it doesn’t begin and end with the television. What are we reading. What kind of news are we allowing into our spirits? Are we allowing our values to be shaped and molded by the values of the world around us?

We’ve all heard, “If you put garbage in, you’ll get garbage out.” Are we filling our spare time with things that lower our values? Or are we pondering “the way that is blameless”?

Blessings on your day!

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