“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Have you bought into the idea that accumulating stuff would make you happy? I’m sure it did not take long for you to realize that the happiness it produced only lasted a short while. Not only does the happiness wear off but in many cases the thing that was so passionately sought after now has you in bondage.
The truth of the matter is that the more stuff we accumulate, the more complicated our lives become. Aside from the initial expense, there are expenses associated with the wear and tear of the item. Also, there is the necessity to protect the item from theft. In the end, the cost of the item, whether it be materially or emotionally, far exceeds what we bargained for in the beginning.
Many times God strips us of these worldly possessions. At the time, it is uncomfortable and we don’t understand why this is happening. We may even get angry with God for allowing this to happen. What we fail to comprehend is that God has an ulterior motive. His motive is not to see us in lack but to take us down to a more simplistic lifestyle. His desire is to free us up to enjoy life to the fullest, especially in regards to nurturing a relationship with Him and others.
Lord, I thank You for the times that You heard my cry to rescue me from the weight of my bills that were just too heavy to bear. Even though I thought You would bless me with more money, I am grateful that You deemed best that I be rid of the stuff that I had needlessly accumulated.