Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 39:6

“Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.”

Care is a funny word.

Used one way – it has to do with the way we lovingly watch out over one another; or the way God does that for us.

Used another way – and it refers to the very things that keep us from lovingly watching out over one another; or the way we block our connection to the God who wants to do that.

In this Psalm – it is the latter use of the word on which we focus.  It speaks of the cares of the world when it describes a man (or woman) as a “mere phantom” who “bustles about.”

Worldly care like that can do you in – literally.

What is the solution?  The Psalmist has it:

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?  My hope is in you.”

There it is – the way to overcome worldly care.  We are to keep our focus on God.  Or, as the beautiful old hymn puts it, “keep your eyes upon Jesus.”

Do that – and the cares of the world just “fade away”; kind of like a “mere phantom.”

The choice is ours.  Rush about – perhaps temporarily adding to the bank account – but doing nothing to grow truly wealthy, spiritually speaking.

Or we can look for God’s way and follow it.

The cares of the world – the care of God – which would you rather have on your mind and in your heart?

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to understand and sense your ever present love.  AMEN.


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