Today’s Scripture: He hath shown thee, o man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. Micah 6:8

In our series on Corinthians, it is clear that it only takes a few people to start a really big mess. How would you like in 2,000 years to have someone preach about your church and call it “Trouble, Trouble, Trouble”? Due to the Corinthian church’s many issues, that is exactly what we entitled our series. Within their congregation, some felt it was acceptable to become intoxicated at communion, others developed pride through church politics, and others blatantly indulged in sexual sin. All of these things occurred because the Corinthians were vain and set on obtaining fulfillment their way rather than God’s way.

When all we are thinking about is our fleshly desires, we are capable of falling further than we ever thought possible because the flesh cannot do anything right. On the other hand, the spirit can only do right. So, unless we choose the correct one to live by each day, there is an internal conflict raging in our lives. I have heard life described this way: “Life is like an onion. You peel back the layers and sometimes you weep.” Another author said, “Life is a series of inspired follies.” When Solomon considered life he exclaimed, “Vanities of vanities!” In fact, Solomon uses the word ‘vanity’ 38 times to describe this earthly life under the sun. The good news is, those authors had a proper view of life under the sun, but life under the Son is exactly the opposite. It is filled with hope and victory over all that is empty and futile.

Christ has come that we may have an abundant life. There is no need for us to run around seeking our own foolish gratification, trying to fill our lives with one new thing after another just to satisfy the void that the world cannot explain. Honestly, that void is there because it can only be filled by a daily relationship with the Lord.

Even if the sun doesn’t come out from behind the clouds today, (knowing our wintery Chicago weather, it may disappear for the entire week) we can still be assured that there is life filled with joy, peace, and purpose under the Son of God. Why not trade in your attempts at making life work and let God have His way? Searching for happiness in the flesh will lead you to nothing but an aching emptiness. Lay aside your own gratification and seek God’s best for your life. If you choose to do that today, you will begin the journey of going from vanity to victory.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.