“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21.
Our life on earth is short, as Job spoke, “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away, he does not endure. Man’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:1-2, 5).
We do not need to dwell on dying, but rather to recognize that our time on earth, compared to our life in heaven, is very short. If we do not, it is easy to lose perspective and allow ourselves to become greedy and jealous. This can make us paranoid of other people, including our friends, neighbors, and family members. We think as though some people are our enemies and are after us. We feel that some people are following us, and it is possible for us to become very suspicious of our nearby friends, neighbors, and even our own family members.
Far better for us to trust in the Lord. God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. His blessing of salvation, which comes through faith in and forgiveness from the sacrificial substitution of His Son, shows the depth of His care. Truly, if the Lord has done that for us, why would we think that He would now turn around and leave us uncared for and defenseless? It is unthinkable, and it is against the Savior’s promise that He would always be with us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord forgive us when we think we must do everything ourselves. Let us rather rejoice that the Savior has already done what we could not. This we ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Extracted From: Lutheran Hour Ministries