Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Two Trillion Dollars of Life Changes

Life Changes and we don't know it. One day we are sure that things will go on pretty much as it always has and then suddenly without any warning something come along and blindsides us.

Jobs, health, investments, retirement, family, relationships, tragedy, catastrophe.

They all change, sometimes without warning, sometimes with results that are radically painful.

In fact, it seems like the man or woman who thinks they have it all figured out and are set for life depending on worldly things are most vulnerable.

Jesus told the story of a man who had a good crop. His barns were too small to hold everything. So, he said to self, SELF, we got it made, we are set for life, let's build bigger barns and we will live well forever.

Jesus said that this man is a fool. He would die that night. His barns and everything in them would be given away, sold at auction or hauled away as thrash. In living in Europe I visited a large number of Castles. There was a theme. The monarch or ruler that built them all felt like they were building something that would last them forever. Most didn't. Some died insane in the very edifice of their dream.

Yet they labored hard for nothing in the end. Like the man in Jesus' story.

I think of that because in thinking about the report that 2 trillion has been lost from retirement accounts in the last 45 days and that people who thought they had it made no longer do put their trust in temporary things.

Jeremiah 17:5 it says that a man is CURSED if he trusts in human things.

I don't want to be cursed. And neither do you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. I don't understand all this but I trust HIM. That matters a lot more than pockets that leak.

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