Devotions By Jan

Reality Shows

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lifetime-unrealScripture for Today: Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”

The popularity of the reality show has soared since the early 90’s.  Candid Camera was an early prototype, first airing in 1948.  But since then there have been many different genres including: court shows, soap opera styles, elimination competitions, documentary styles, self improvement or renovation shows, to name a few.  The most popular seem to be the “Fly on the Wall” shows directly involving big names, also called “Celebreality.”  Of course reality has little to do with these shows as scenes are staged and re-staged.  The participants are coached and the editing is deliberately misleading.

Today’s verse has the secret to what constitutes real life.  The fear of the Lord leads to life as it is meant to be lived.  Anything else is a life without that spiritual dimension.  Without a relationship with our Creator, we have edited out what is essential to a life well-lived.  The fear of the Lord is an attitude of respect, awe and obedience to Him.  This fear leads to  true real life and is also the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7)  Fearing and obeying Him allows us to be and stay content, untouched by the trouble that comes from a grasping envious life.

The media and our world system in general tends to stimulate in me a state of discontent.  I can be swayed by watching those who are wealthy, influential trend setters.  It is easy to look on my own life and wonder if I am missing out.   What I am seeing may seem perfect but it is not real.  Nor is it satisfying.  My life becomes richer and fuller as I turn to the Life-Giver!

Thank you Lord that I find real life in You!

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