We live in a world where there is a never-ending supply of bad news. Most perceived threats amount to nothing more than storms in a teacup, though every once in a while, a generation will be interrupted by events that were neither anticipated or even imagined.
Many years ago I read the biography of a woman born into a reasonably wealthy Jewish family. Her life began in Germany between the two world wars. Her early years were times of comfort and plenty. Nothing she had ever experienced prepared her for the horrors that tore her life and family apart. She emerged from the war as a penniless orphan, who had experienced years of hunger and fear.
Her story impacted me greatly. Looking through her eyes, I saw that all the things we take for granted and consider to be security can be wrenched from us at a moment’s notice. Homes, cars, appliances, bank accounts, positions in society and even safety are guaranteed to no one.
I was also touched by her testimony. As a young teenager, hiding in the attic of a Christian home (as their secret and cared for guest), she found the family Bible and began reading. For weeks the stories were all familiar to her and of great comfort. Then she reached what she later learned was the New Testament and began to read about Jesus. Hiding from Nazis in an attic, she was wonderfully born again into faith in Christ.
The material things we surround ourselves with and put so much faith and emotion into are of no eternal value. We delight in new furniture and a new car, all of which we replace several times over in our lifetime. That which makes us happy today is soon gathering dust and out of style. Yet faith in Jesus endures forever.
It only takes a few days for the brutality of life to rob us of all our possessions. In the past six months, we have seen farms devastated by drought, then communities ravaged by bush fires. Then the floods came and now a virus.
I cannot promise you good fortune and wealth in life. I cannot even say that you will make it through tomorrow unscathed. Yet I can say that God is faithful. The good things of this world come and go like the tides of the sea. But the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.
19″Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
25″Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
31″Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:19-21, 25-27, 31-33