The recession continues to deepen with a possible depression looming. The Stock Market is down over 200 points this afternoon. Auditors at General Motors predict the mammoth company will go under soon even with government baiilouts. The giant CitiGroup Bank stocks are hovering around $1 a share this afternoon making people's investments almost worthless. I have friends who have had to go on unpaid furlough in their jobs and some have lost their jobs. I have lost over 40% of my retirement funds and am not alone in this. It is refreshing to remember things money can’t buy. I pray this message I write and send out to you will encourage each of you in these scary times.
Money will buy a dog of pedigree, but only love will make him wag his tail.
Money will buy a bed but not peaceful sleep.
Money will buy books but not intelligence.
Money will buy food but not an appetite.
Money will buy a house but not a home.
Money will buy medicine but not good health.
Money will buy finery but not beauty.
Money will buy entertainment but not happiness.
Money will buy a crucifix necklace but not a Savior.
Money will not buy a good name. a thankful heart, a contented mind, or a happy home. Money will not buy a mansion in heaven.
The best things in life are free - God’s grace, mercy, and love. God says, “My grace is sufficient for you and me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God’s grace is not almost sufficient. It is not almost sufficient. It is sufficient to see us through tough times, loss of capital, loss of job, loss of relationship, or loss of a loved one. The little fish in the ocean never has to worry about sufficient water to swim in. The little bird never has to worry about enough air to fly in. The little flower never has to worry about sufficient sunshine to grow. God has more than provided what is sufficient for His smallest creatures. Will His grace not be more than enough to see us through the thorns, trials, and troubles in these days of economic collapse?
Jesus said, “God clothes the grass of the field. Will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:30-34 NIV).
May you draw on our Lord’s grace and strength to see you through these difficult days. Blessings and peace, my friends.
*Special thanks to my friend, EVANGELIST JOYCE PAYNE, from Bonaire, GA, whose ideas from her newsletter gave me the seeds for this message.