Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (Titus 1:15-16); The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts (Ps 10:4)~~ Even natural and apparently innocent activities that are duties of God and nature become sin when done by a person with a wicked heart. Even following a plow, a duty of man to feed himself, is sin when it is done by a wicked man. Why is this true? Because wicked people trust in themselves and rely on their own abilities and follow their own rules; they are unthankful and ever dissatisfied with everything about their situation- seeming to seek the negative point of view about everything; and pursue their own greed and pride, rather than the glory of their Creator. God is not in all their thoughts, but becomes important as a matter of convenience. They use His creation for their own selfish ends. They have no regard for Him or His precepts. They ignore Him constantly and reject Him when confronted. Consider this: Before plowing, a righteous man thanks God for his and his ox’s health, sunshine, last night’s rain, the acres he owns, the opportunity to work, God’s mercy to sinners, and the hope of eternal life. While plowing, he meditates on the ox’s strength, the smell of the soil, the miracle of plant growth, the Lord’s goodness, and begs Divine mercy for more rain and greater grace. He wipes sweat away and thanks Heaven for the body’s cooling system. At the day’s end, he gives seed to a neighbor, takes a chicken to the preacher, thanks the Lord for a blessed day, reads his Bible, confesses his sins, and loves his wife. Now in comparison consider the following: Before plowing, a wicked man complains about the fact he has only one ox, the lack of sunshine last month, the mud from last night’s rain, the farm next door he wishes he owned, the death of his father last winter, the burden of taxes, and how life is hard. While plowing, he dreams of making more money than his brother, beating his neighbor for local councilman, and of how strong and successful he has become. Twice he swears at the sun for making the day so hot. At the day’s end, he sends the borrowing neighbor away empty, kills two chickens to glut himself, complains about how hard he worked, reads the Police Gazette, and goes to sleep thinking of his neighbor’s wife. How do you approach your daily life? Is your heart right with God, leading to humble looks and a Godly perspective and purpose in all that you do or are you focused on how to live up to some worldly standard? Do you seek to give God the glory in all you do or are you only focused on how you can win and what credit or recognition you get? Rather than being a complainer about what you see as missing in your life, richly enjoy the life He has given you, gratefully and humbly thanking Him for every pleasure. Work hard, love your spouse and family, and live as He directs you. When we get in the right perspective about life, we actually enjoy the blessings in our lives rather than despising our circumstances while in pursuit of what we don’t have. Many will call it “determined” and “focused” and “relentless”; and man’s admiration of those qualities attribute the drive to seeking a better life; But when you despise the life of blessings you have, the grace and mercy God has shown you, that tireless “pursuit of happiness” does nothing more than make you … tired! Remember, God’s plan doesn’t promise you everything you ‘want’ but what He does bless you with is more valuable than what you could obtain without Him. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths (Prov 3:6).