The number 666 stands out in Scriptures as possibly the darkest number of all time. This dreaded number represents the “Beast” who stands in opposition to all that God stands for and loves. On September 29th in an election year like none other in recent decades the stock market dropped 777 points as investors watched in shock as lawmakers struggled to come up with a $700 billion dollar bail out plan. The fact the investors were surprised with the inability of lawmakers to make a positive difference is as shocking as the drop in the market. Few of us on Main Street have much confidence in our political system right now, especially as election year politics seems to color every decision in deep shades of red and blue. In a world where everyone seems to be looking out for themselves and greed has become the “god” in whom we have chosen to trust. Is it any wonder we have painted ourselves into the corner!
I am so thankful I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ during turbulent times like these. If you take your economic cues from Jesus you have positioned yourself well for the days ahead. Jesus said:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:19-21 (NIV)
Jesus’ economic plan does not run along the same tracks as the American Dream, but it’s destination and principles have the backing of Heaven. In these uncertain times from the perspective of planet earth, I would encourage all of us to take to heart these directions from our Lord.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:25-33 (NIV)
To borrow from the lyrics of the old Bob Marley song to the tropical beat, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”—be happy you are a child of the King!