All persons who are alienated from God and outside of Christ are part and parcel of a mighty deception! They are called upon to pretend that they can have peace of mind within and that they can be relatively happy and make a big success of their human lives if they have youth and wealth and morality and high position. In that sense of what is going on all around us, David never had to apologize for writing that “every man is a liar!” The whole human concept of success and happiness and inner peace, based upon who we are and what we have, is completely false. The rich young ruler who came to question Jesus had wealth, morality, position, and youth. But his very first question gave the clue to his own inner emptiness of life: “What good thing should I do, that I may have eternal life?” He knew very well that there is not a person alive who has eternal youth or eternal position or eternal righteousness. So, like every other man, he had to make a choice!
When the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:22
The whole human concept of success and happiness and inner peace, based upon who we are and what we have, is completely false.
Lord, I know that I cannot truly live with joy apart from You. I pray that I will show others that the only real joy in life comes from forsaking our old lives to accept your much better offer.