Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Treasures in heaven, not banks

Fear is a nasty thing. Fear can grip us and cause us to focus on wrong things and make wrong decisions. During this time of economic craziness and turmoil, we cannot allow fear to distract our focus from Christ and His sovereignty. We must remain God-focused and seek first His kingdom.

Today, we must say no to fear and worry by focusing on God’s truth that our treasure is not here on earth, but in heaven, and that our heavenly Father knows our needs and will provide them.

19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also...

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:19-34

1 comment:

Dean Lusk said...

This is a great reminder of something that I think we rarely do. These Scriptures speak so blatantly to our finances, yet it's really difficult to put it into practice -- to believe that God will provide. And if He doesn't provide us with money, you can bet that He's going to grow our relationship to Him throughout the process, as we keep our eyes fixed on Him.

I believe the biggest issue is that we -- grown-ups who have a hard time with child-like faith in God -- have learned that everything isn't always cookie-cutter, and we pepper these words of Jesus with our own disbelief. We think that the world just doesn't work that way.

At least, that's my observation based on personal experience.