I’ve become very good at setting goals. In fact, I follow an entire process that ensures my success. That process includes engaging in and tracking specific activities that will bring about the results I desire. Today, as I read Psalm 52, it occurs to me that I don’t always consider what happens at the end of success. Is it really sunshine and rainbows?
The answer is that it depends. To be more specific, it depends fully upon the object of your goal. For example, every year I set a sales goal. Realizing the goal assures me that I will have enough money to live the life I want to live. It’s safety, security, and even a little bit of luxury. You might say that the money I make becomes my “refuge.”
Here is where the Psalm comes in. Verse 7 says, “see the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction.” Hmmm…. did it really say that the refuge I seek will lead to my own destruction?
You know it did. So do I. So why did this particular verse stand out to me today? Perhaps it’s because of an imbalance in my life. You see, that’s the way the Holy Spirit works. If we are really listening, we will hear him softly calling. We will feel his loving nudge to come into his love.
Do you hear it? What is your response?