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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

DOW Down

The stock market has Americans shaking like saplings in a hurricane. If anyone thought investments equaled security, he or she is thinking otherwise now. True security is found only in God. The apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to urge his congregation not “to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Material prosperity is not inherently evil, but the love of money is. More than a few materialistic individuals have learned too late money cannot stave off death or purchase heaven.

When Lot lived in Sodom, he may have felt secure and successful. However, when God rained judgment upon that vile city, Lot had to leave his house and material possessions behind. Someday, Christians will leave houses, cars, bank accounts, investments, insurance policies, and high tech equipment behind. Only what we have laid up in Heaven will matter then.

Woodrow Wilson observed, “Unless our civilization is redeemed spiritually, it cannot endure materially.” Today may or may not be a good time to invest in the stock market, but it is a good time to invest in eternity.

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