You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
20 Desire [sha'aph] not the night [layil], when people [`am] are cut
off [`alah] in their place.
21 Take heed [shamar], regard [panah] not iniquity ['aven]: for
this hast thou chosen [bachar] rather than
affliction [`oniy]. KJV-Interlinear
20 'Do not long for the night, When
people vanish in their place. 21 'Be
careful, do not turn to evil; For you
have preferred this to affliction. NASB
The night, is a reference to a life without truth, or
a life following a pattern of compromised truth.
The vanishing, is an evaporation, a fading, a
desertion, a departure, a disappearance of ones true life. The life intended for you, by God.
While you stand, while you live and breathe, and
simultaneously pursue your own course, a course based on the deceptions of the
world, then you will lose out on the life designed by God. It evaporates right before your eyes, but you
cannot see it fading. All you see are
the illusions of your own beliefs.
Because you pursue the evils of the world rather than the afflictions of
No one wants difficulties. That's for sure. But then difficulties are good teaching aids,
reminders, course correctors.
Anyone who has ever traveled by car, by ship, by
airplane, knows that during the long trip, your course needs occasional
correction. We use maps, compasses, GPS
tools and such things to help us stay on the correct course. Without a map, without a compass, without a
tool of some type, then finding a destination, a destination that we have never
been to, would be impossible to reach.
And none of us have been to the end of our life, our
final destination in this world. None of
us have been to the next life, our next destination after this life. A map and good directions would be a good
thing to have.
The world provides lots of maps and lots of
directions. God provides the only correct one.
Sorting them all out is the problem.
The world is full of enticements and shortcuts, even instant
gratifications, which are hard to turn away from.
But God provides course correction incentives,
afflictions, which give us some clarity and discernment.
But those who prefer the evil, the darkness of the
world, will never listen to Gods corrective measures. And they will never see their own life
vanishing right before their own eyes.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.