A young student was sitting before Socrates anxiously wanting to learn from “the master.” With a penetrating gaze, he asked, “Where can I find the best things in life?”
The young student was overwhelmed with the breadth of the question. He thought of the various places that had the best fabrics and most beautiful robes. Then he recalled sights of the market places that had exotic merchandise. Then, in his mind's eye, he returned to the restaurants that had the best food and drinks he had ever visited.
As the student was about to answer, Socrates held up his hand as if to interrupt the student’s thoughts. He then asked, “Must we not first, however, ask what the best things are?” That question changed Plato’s life forever.
David once said, “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.”
Most individuals spend most of their time searching for the “best things of life” - things they believe will bring them joy, satisfaction, and happiness. David realized, however, that despite everything he possessed, God was the One who could make a difference in his life and bring him peace, fulfillment, and completeness. He realized that only God would be able to comfort him in his moments of distress and discouragement, sorrow and sadness, and relieve his anxiety.
Everything in life is temporary, except God, and through Him, we discover “the best things in life.” Worshiping and honoring Him, then, is the most essential thing we can ever do. If we do so, then, all will be well!
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to place You at the center of our lives. May we find contentment within us knowing that we have found the best thing in life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever. Psalm 16
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