Saturday, March 3, 2012

We Are Richly Blessed

Turn on the news and you will hear about our economic crisis. Higher gas prices, companies looking for bailouts, a terrible housing market, unemployment skyrocketing, an unsustainable national debt ... and things appear to be getting worse, not better.

I would encourage those who are looking for their finances to improve to remember that money is not everything! The Bible says that it’s harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven (Matthew 19:24). Money can’t purchase peace with God. It cannot produce genuine happiness. In fact, money usually only creates a desire for more money. Such desires lead – not to happiness, but – to ulcers, headaches, heart attacks and loneliness.

     Not all earth's gold and silver

     Can make a sinner whole.
     What will it profit you, O man,
     If you should lose your soul?

Oh, I fully agree that we need a stimulus package in this nation, but one of heavenly origin rather than earthly. “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NASB).

While the government’s stimulus packages offer no real guarantee of success, God’s stimulus package is assured of producing fruit that lasts. And if – for some reason – you need evidence of which plan is best, perhaps we should count our real blessings. Perhaps we should contrast the frustration of worldly economics with the true prosperity of the Christian. Consider the following …

  • We have the best possible life … right now!
  • We have REAL peace and REAL joy.
  • We are guaranteed help in the midst of our trials. Try getting that from the government.
  • We have a perfect example in Jesus Christ.
  • We may not be able to help everyone pay their bills, but we can help lost people to be saved.
  • We have God’s word to challenge, comfort and correct us.
  • We have brothers and sisters to help encourage us.
  • We have the hope of a terrific future. I’m not so sure about our nation.
  • Not even death can stop us from receiving what God has in store for us!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). 

Tough times? For the American, yes indeed. For the Christian? I say we are richly blessed!

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