what are you looking at?
By Katie Tang
November 13, 2020
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A city on a Mediterranean island, both beautiful and wealthy. A center of international trade, attracting top talent from surrounding countries. All the finest things of the ancient world are available—the best food and wine, the latest fashions, expensive jewelry and home goods. Its king is a shrewd businessman, rich beyond belief, both wise and attractive. Who wouldn’t want to live in Tyre?
After taking a closer look at the king, you might have thought twice, of course, and that would turn out to be a good choice. Wise though he was, he apparently nursed delusions of godhood. Having fixed his eyes firmly on his own beauty and riches, he found his way not to ultimate fulfillment, but to sin: corrupt wisdom and business practices, pride, and violence. At the end of his road, both he and his kingdom were destroyed.
Interestingly, in today’s reading, we also see another beautiful child who made a very different set of life choices. Moses has the kind of story we all love: he is born to enslaved Israelites and slated to be killed at birth. However, thanks to his family’s faith and courage, he’s rescued in the most unlikely way and becomes part of the royal household. Imagine the possibilities!
Indeed, Moses did. Yet he had fixed his eyes firmly on the Unseen One, and in comparison, he found that the luxury and power of Pharaoh’s palace were unpromising. When God pointed him down a path of suffering and shame, Moses went, and in the end, his road led to reward. Thousands of years later, we still remember him, not as a mummy in a minor pyramid, but as the man who led the Israelites out of Egypt.
As for me, I’m no king. I have neither power nor wealth, and while I can’t see what the end of my story will be, I am certain it will be unremarkable in comparison to the ones we read today. But the choices I face today are matter no less: where will I fix my eyes? What do I want as my reward?
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise Him forever!
— Psalm 111:10
Prayer to start with: Lord, help me lift my eyes from myself and the things around me that capture my attention and fix them firmly on you, that I may choose what is best.