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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
         
53

“For I have learned…to be content.”

Philippians 4:11
 
 
   

Friend, has the present economic decline taken your emotions down with it? Is your joy in life determined by the fluctuations of the stock market? Is your peace and serenity dependent on the state of the economy and of your 401(k)? Perhaps the present economic downturn acts as a mirror in which you see yourself emotionally tied to the DOW or to the unemployment statistics. Perhaps you are on the verge of losing a standard of living you have enjoyed and are now forced to live much more simply. Perhaps you were on the verge of making a long-desired purchase or of entering a comfortable retirement, but now your world has been stood on its head. These circumstances of hardship and disappointment are hard to bear and one’s life can become filled with anxiety, bitterness, grief, and despair. Dear reader, we need to remember that while finances are important, they are not the reason for life nor the thermometer for happiness. The apostle Paul wrote in the Bible: “For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” We must remember that even what we do have, we do not deserve because of our sins. Our sinful tendency is to desire ever increasing riches. What we love becomes our joy. Lovers of money find joy in money (and grief in unfulfilled desires). The present economic crisis should warn each of us against being “lovers of money,…lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” Knowing God through Jesus Christ brings more peace and joy than economic prosperity.

   

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