Friday, October 26, 2007
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If you live in America then you live in the wealthiest nation on the planet. By comparison to the rest of the world we live lives of comfort and convenience. Even our poor people have cable TV.
But consider this; our way of life and prosperous existence are not guaranteed. Economies and governments are fragile- just ask the folks in New Orleans. One terrorist smuggled nuclear bomb, or a couple of serious natural disasters, could change everything overnight.
Most of us have no idea what it is like to live in extreme poverty, but my grandmother still saves the Styrofoam trays her ground beef comes on because she remembers a little thing called the Great Depression. To her, extreme poverty is not a third world problem but a first hand memory. She’s lived long enough to know that nothing is guaranteed.
So what’s my point? I’ll let the Apostle Paul make it in 1 Timothy 6:17. Paul writes, “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”
Microwaves, Cable TV and cheap gas are not the God given rights of Americans. While “today” we may be wealthier than 92% of the world, no one knows what tomorrow holds. The only unshakable thing in this world is Jesus. There is a reason that “In God We Trust” is printed on our money – someone knew what they we’re talking about! A life built on Christ is a life built on bedrock and will weather any storm. But a life built on the resources of any national economy is a life built on shifting sand. As King David said in Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” At least we should!