all really worthless!
C. Ryle, "Profit
What shall I say of the things of this world,
which people appear to think so valuable--
fine food and drink,
and the like?
I say that they are all really worthless!
What I mean is this, that if you suppose they are in
themselves able to make you really happy--you are
woefully deceived! If any person could have just as
much as he wished of every earthly good thing--he
would still find in a very short time that he was not
one whit happier than before!
I dare say you think I am mistaken—but let me tell you
that many a rich man has tried the experiment, and can
bear witness that the case is so! Many a one could tell
you that he seeks out everything which money can
purchase, he passes his life in a constant round of
amusement and excitement, going from one pleasure
to another. And yet he must confess that happiness
and peace of mind have been like a shadow--always
before his eyes but never within his grasp!
I say that all the things of the world are perishable!
Surely, dear friends, this cannot require any evidence.
You must have seen with your own eyes that none of
things I have mentioned are sure, lasting, permanent,
incorruptible, and to be depended on!
Money and property may be lost! Health may
may be deceitful! And unless we can make a covenant with
death and hell, we ourselves may suddenly be cut off in the
midst of our days--and hurried to our final judgment!
"Why waste your money on what really isn't food? Why
work hard for something that doesn't satisfy?" Isaiah 55:2
"The world and its evil desires are passing away! But the
person who does God's will lives forever!" 1 John 2:17