A few months ago I saw a commercial on television that didn’t make any sense, but made me think about how so many people actually think!
The commercial had a man that had made a stupid-looking gun that when he pressed the trigger it would shoot out hundred dollar bills. It didn’t work. Another man was planting dollar bills in a big plant pot so they would grow and produce more dollar bills. It didn’t work. The third one was two origami birds made out of thousand dollar bills in a cage. A woman was playing romantic music in hopes the birds would hatch out some more bills. It didn’t work.
But we know we don’t have to dream up crazy ideas to have what we need. In Matthew 6:8 we are told not to worry about our needs because God knows what we need before we even ask. He tells us that he feeds the birds, so certainly he will feed us (Matthew 6:26) and the Apostle Paul teaches us to live with what we have:
“ I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” Philippians 4:11.
There is a significant difference between WANTING and NEEDING. Most people in America don’t even realize just how rich they are. There seems to be no end to what people want: bigger television sets, newer cars, even two of them! They want bigger homes and suffer from the ‘I don’t have anything to wear’ syndrome. They are obsessed with keeping up with the latest new technology gadget.
Things are becoming obsolete so fast it is difficult to keep up with the latest application of something. Soon to be gone: traditional cameras, today’s cell phones and land line phones, glasses that are no longer just to see better but give you Google, too! Soon postage stamps will be gone. We will no longer talk to someone face to face, write letters or drive a car because it will drive itself!
The pace of the world is dizzying. Everything must be fast, has to be done quickly if not instantly. And yes, now we have drive through banks, car washes and McDonald’s.
But there is an escape from all this modern madness. Our faith. God is constant, never changing. His Word is 2000 years old and is still a reliable source of advice, comfort, joy and peace. We can be like Paul to learn to be content with what we have, we can understand that we can’t take possessions of the world with us. In Matthew 6:20-21 we are told “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven….for where your treasures are, there your heart will be also”
There are many ways to enjoy a fulfilling life without all the worldly possessions. Try sitting in a quiet corner away from all the surrounding distractions while reading the Bible, enjoy an hour of singing and worshiping the Lord, volunteer on a project helping others, or join a fellowship opportunity at church.
Slow down and listen to what God is teaching you in his Word.