I’ve been to many college and professional sporting events in recent years. The best experiences are typically had when you have really good seats. The biggest problem is that these seats can be terribly expensive and simply out of the range that I can pay to attend. Fortunately, I have been blessed to have been given great seats many times by people who already bore the expense for the tickets and simply blessed us with a generous gift. But receiving free tickets for great seats is not the norm. If I need to bear the cost of the tickets we are typically headed to a place all too familiar: the cheap seats.
For a sporting event, there is nothing wrong with being conservative in your purchase and sitting int he cheap seats. But when it comes to life, the perspective from the cheap seats is entirely different and should be avoided. In Psalm 1, the psalmist writes some very simple life rules and one of them is to stay out of the cheap seats:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3 ESV)
We live in an age of sarcasm and judgment. It is unfortunate that in our world today, we love to sit in the cheap seats and find something or someone of whom to be critical; the seat of scoffers is well worn. To scoff at someone means to: speak to someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way.
As an alternative to sitting in judgment of people, we are challenged to delight ourselves in God’s word. The next time you are tempted to be critical or scornful of someone or something, pick up your Bible and start reading. You just might be surprised at how the view improves of this game of life. Remember, Jesus paid it all and all to Him we owe. The best seats in the house have already been bought with His blood. Here’s a helpful hint: the best seats aren’t courtside, they are on the bench with the rest of the team. Get in the game…