There has been an enormous effort by man to substitute for almost all things biblical. It started early in the Garden with Adam and Eve. Humanity has learned from its parents. The Cain and Able story of Genesis 4 is a perfect example. Cain, the first child, makes a choice to substitute his type offering instead of God’s type. The pages of Scripture are replete with great examples of this error.
Let me “fast forward” to 2014. This is the age in which we raise our families, do our jobs, make our decisions, and seek to be at peace within. Our culture wears and tears at our being until so many give in and surrender to fun times and good feelings while seeking peace with God.
The problem with this plan is that God must be pushed aside to take part in all the fun and good times. Do not think I oppose either fun or good times. Both have their place and are needful. A life full of fun and good times while God sits on the perimeter of your life leaves you wanting a real “peace.” The difference is where God is placed in your life. His rightful place is the “center,” if you please. If you have a list of priorities His place is number one. Ps.119:168 says, “I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.”
Man has a spiritual need that can be satisfied only by salvation. This brings peace to the lost soul. Now there is the need for growth and a rearrangement of priorities. To maintain the peace of God one must give attention to the Word. There must be fellowship and a daily application of those things learned. We give priority to God and the local church. Isa.26:3, “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Time passes and times change. New opportunities require time and money. The worldly culture now begins to assume more time and energy. 2Tim. 4:10 a, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” 0ld Bible truths are replaced with new ideas and new friends and new ways. Everything is fine until the inner man seeks that peace of God which has been lost. It is time to return to biblical priorities. (Read 1 Jn. 2:15-17.)
There is no substitute for God’s plan for your life or your family.