June 23, 2020

They Trust in Their Wealth

Why should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me? They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches.
—Psalm 49:5-6 NLT

In this era of pandemic, greed, injustice, and corruption, there appears to be a great deal to fear. Foremost among my fears, however, is the fact that people calling themselves Christians are both the motivators and enablers of much of what's wrong. The solution seems to be more fearful than the problem, for the perpetrators are usually not the first victims of the tumult that will set things to rights. 

But it's important to remember that those who depend on God, who live in God's presence, who seek God's face will never be let down. In the end, we belong to God. Those who try to usurp God's place, who judge their neighbor even as they victimize them, who make the least among us their prey—they will belong to the nothing that they have so lusted after. God's people have eternity. What do others have?

Once again, one of my favorite prayers...

Father, imprint upon my heart that because I belong to you no one can pluck me from your hand, and because I fear you I need fear no other; in Jesus' Name who taught me to pray: Our Father...
A New Zealand Prayer Book (alt.)

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