Dangers In Our Blessings

W. Terry Varner
December 31, 2017

Life is like a bridge without banisters: if we go to far either to the right or to the left, we will fall off and land in destruction. As we live life, especially as Christians, we have bountiful blessings; however, our blessings can be dangerous to us and often are an occasion of abuse. We end up doing that which we ought not to have done.

KNOWLEDGE CAN BE PERVERTED AND BECOME A CURSE. Intelligence, higher education, and knowledge are important in our life and can, but can become do not have to be, become perverted and a curse to man. Importantly, it depends on how we use them.

Education is a power and if God is not part of one’s education, it can become a curse. When education destroys the important fact that God is not a necessary part of life, then education is bound to be a curse. It is not within man to direct his steps (cf. Jer. 10:23). The wisdom of God is much greater than the world (cf. 1 Cor. 1:21), but try to tell those who have rejected God this truth. Interestingly, the Bible states “not many wise men . . . are called” (1 Cor. 1:26).

The Bible states, “knowledge puffs up” (1 Cor. 8:1); i.e. knowledge often results in making men proud of what they know and this becomes a problem. Education demands that we constantly guard against pride. Many cannot handle worldly learning, nor resist the influence of worldly men as their teachers. Knowledge is a blessing, but it has its temptations and its potential dangers.

ADDITIONAL GREAT BLESSINGS WHICH POSSESS POTENTIAL DANGER TO MAN. Think on the following:

  • Time. Time is a great blessing to man; however, if misused it becomes a curse. We are commanded to “redeem the time” (Eph. 5:16); i.e. use it wisely. Consider that the same time used by one man to become a great medical doctor many be used by another man to become a bank robber, dope peddler, or murderer. If we did not nave the blessing called time, it could not be misused.
  • Wealth. Wealth is a great blessing, but so often becomes a curse to man. The Bible is replete with warnings of the potential danger of wealth. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17).
  • Authority. Without authority society would not be a very pleasant place to live. Authority is designed by God as a good thing, but so often it can be perverted into a curse on others. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn” (Prov. 29:2).
  • Great beauty. Great beauty in people is something to behold, but can become a curse to those who are beautiful. “As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion” (Prov. 11:22).
  • Great popularity or worldly honor. One’s popularity and honor in the world can lead to dangerous compromises of truth and of character. The Bible warns: “You shall not follow a multitude to do evil” (Ex. 23:2).