For they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God.
John 12:43 (ASV)
We as people long to be important. We look at the wealthy, the infamous, the popular, the powerful and we long to have a piece of the pie. It is almost as if we can become better just by rubbing elbows with those who seem to have it all. Notice I said seem. Those with an empty heart – one that does not know it’s own worth, will spend a lifetime chasing the wind. Looking for something that never truly satisfies and something that only leads to a craving for more of the same – a false, unsatisfying grazing at the table of empty praise and shallow words. It only satisfies for a moment because truly there are not lasting morsels to soothe our hungry soul. Only the longing for more fleeting moments of importance or glimpses of power. It all fades and does not satisfy.
Some even change their entire journey in life just to be found important and to “hang” with the important people! I believe this makes the Father so sad. It also replaces the genuine praise in our hearts for Him, with the fake praise of men. He becomes second, the rich and famous become first, and yet truly the God of this universe, the one who holds it all in His hands gets nothing. Sometimes, at best sloppy seconds, is the only thing that reaches our Father's ears. Please understand, I have not fully arrived, but as I began to come out of sexual brokenness and pain, I realized that true praise - from my lips to God's ears, began to free me from the enemy. If you struggle against any besetting sin today beloved, praise, pray, and shout to the Lord! He will free you and you will begin to see the chains so tightly binding you fall away. Praise of men or Praise of the One true God. Which matters the most to you? Choose the one that truly frees and truly satisfies!