August 10

Luke 12:32-34

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” vs. 32

Whether we like it or not we are treated to hourly reports, Monday through Friday, on how the stock market is doing. There is generally no rhyme or reason for the daily fluctuations but we can’t escape knowing how it’s doing. Some folks like that! They have multiple investments and want to know exactly what’s happening…when it’s going up they rejoice, when it turns downward they turn suicidal. But it’s not only big investors who are influenced by the reports coming from the world’s stock exchanges. All of us have grown to accept economic growth as a primary marker of success. As long as the markets are trending upward all is well…when they plummet panic sets in and fears abound. In the face of all that Jesus says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” His words point to a different understanding of wealth and riches, one that is unrelated to the market or material prosperity. In his estimation the good life comes to us as a gift from God and cannot be measured by our bank accounts or annuities. If he were to analyze our portfolios he’d have only one word of advice, “Sell!” Tuning out Wall Street isn’t easy in this world’s climate, but it can be done, and when we do, our riches are multiplied!

Thought for the Day: How do I feel when the stock market falls?

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