In the search for the abundance of things, the abundance of peace is lost. One more thing gives way to the loss of everything, until what was sought is wanted no more.
“Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things ; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things : and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.”
For their failure to seek the abundance of all things in God, they became in want of all things. They turned their eyes from the abundance that God had given them toward the things of this earth and in so doing lost it all.
Our lives can become so full of the search for the abundance of the things of this Earth that we lose all that God has promised us. We lose the joy of the moment, because we are always looking toward the next. We lose the faith we once held to in the accumulation of earthly wealth, as we seek to climb the corporate ladder within the power of our own ability. We lose the hope of looking toward Heaven, because our focus is on this Earth. And so it continues, until one day we realize that in the search for the abundance of things we lost so much more. We lost our joy, we lost our hope, we lost our faith . . . and we lost our peace.
“O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:”
Peace can only be found in Him, the one who created us for an intended purpose. We were not made to be of this Earth. We were created to be in fellowship with God, to one day rule and reign with Him in Heaven. Until our hearts are in line with Him there is no peace to be found.
God made a way where by we can be reconciled to Him, through the death of His Son. He established His Word to provide the guidance we need to remain in close fellowship with Him. Outside of this alignment there will be no abundance. There will be no peace . . .
“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalm 37:11
Lost in the abundance of this Earth we will one day come to realize the bitter reality of all that we really lose.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;”