Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spending Money on Things that Don't Satisfy

We work and save up for our dream home. We buy it {with help from a bank} and fill it with stainless steel appliances, gorgeous flooring, fancy furniture and everything else that we've always desired. The new car we always wanted sits in our big garage. Our closets are spilling over with clothes. Every cupboard and closet is stuffed full. We have the latest iPhone and largest big screen TV. We've climbed to the top of the mountain: the American dream!

Most who have reached this mountain top are deep in debt. The mother and father have to both work long hours to make the payments. The children are shuffled to day care and this big, new, gorgeous home sits empty most of the day. Everyone comes home exhausted and wonders, "Is this all there is to life?'

God quietly speaks to you and says, "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance" {Isaiah 55:2}.

"Mmmmm," you think, "I thought all of these things I have worked so hard for would satisfy." And God speaks to you again saying, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" {Matthew 6:19-21}.

It's ALL going to burn, so what treasure is God speaking about and how should we live in this materialistic society? The greatest commandment is to love God and love others. Therefore, spend your time with God reading His Word and speaking Truth to others when the opportunity presents itself for He says about His Word "it shall not return unto me void" and go out and love and serve others whether you are at work or at home.

You should not go into deep debt and spend more than you earn. You should learn to save up for something you want to buy. Buy what you need. Yes, it's okay to buy what you want at times, if you can afford it, but always remember that it will NEVER satisfy you. NEVER. It's not worth the sacrifice of not being able to raise your children or having time to minister to others. Study to live simply and contently knowing that your true treasures are stored in heaven!