1 John 2:15 KJV

Love not the world, nor the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

This can be a confusing verse when looked at by itself.  Doesn’t this contradict scripture that tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son (John 3:16) and that He gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17)?

When we look to the next verse, we see that “the world” is referring to worldly desires and pride that goes against the nature and will of God.  In the story of David and King Saul, we see that Saul is persistently following his prideful, impatient desires for success and power while ignoring the leading of God through His prophet Samuel.  While David seeks God first and puts his faith into action, trusting that He will carry him through even what seem like unwinnable battles.

Although David makes his share of mistakes as well, his life is remembered for how he trusted God and put His will before his own.  Challenge yourself to pray for God’s leading in your life and to follow it, even if it doesn’t line up with your own plans.

Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor