“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’ ” – 1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV)
Last year, John MacArthur gave a sermon on 1 Peter and explained that, while traveling, he’d seen the airport gift shops loaded with stacks of the best-selling book “Your Best Life Now”. Pastor John decided to flip through the book to see what it was all about and found several statements in it interesting:
“I found this on page 5, ‘God wants this to be the best time of your life.’ On another page it says, ‘Happy, successful, fulfilled individuals have learned how to live their best life now’. On another page it says, ‘As you put the principles found in these pages to work today, you will begin living your best life now.’
And that is absolutely true….if you’re not a Christian. This is it, you better get the book because your next life is going to be infinitely worse than this one.”
I listened to that sermon the other day and thought it about tonight while reading Psalm 17. David again is confronted with enemies and is looking to God for deliverance and comfort, and proclaims, “My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.” (v. 5). And then later in this Psalm, David refers to these enemies as “men of the world whose portion is in this life.” (v. 14).
We are unfortunately surrounded by this mentality everywhere today, and can be guilty of it ourselves at times. Magazines and self-help books also promise to make your life all it can be right now, until something better comes along – a new product, a new vitamin, a new way of living, “A New Earth”. And we see it every January as resolutions are made and then broken and usually forgotten.
The best life for us as Christians is not here. Our portion is not in this life. And we can’t imagine “what God has prepared for those who love him.”