Real Security in a Bear Market

January 7, 2009 at 10:32 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts | 1 Comment

Matthew 6:19-34.  In yesterday’s mail we received year-end statements from both of our retirement accounts.  That was a double dose of bad news!  Altogether, our accounts, which have traditionally done as well or better than the overall market, lost 40% of their value in 2008.  When I mentioned that to Cathy, she responded, “Good thing our security is in the Lord!”  That was a great response – one that we all need to hear in this bear-market economy.  It is appropriate (and Providential!) that I read these verses from the Sermon on the Mount this morning after getting those statements yesterday.  “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth . . .  But accumulate treasures in heaven . . .  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink.  . . .  Look at the birds in the sky:  They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Aren’t you more valuable than they are?”  “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself.” 

I hope that the market will rebound in 2009, but even if it doesn’t, my hope and security is in the Lord.  I will seek his kingdom and his righteousness.  May you prosper in 2009, first and foremost in the eternal things of God’s kingdom.

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  1. Thank you for the reminder. I have been telling myself these sort of things for some time now. The Lord will take care of us for He is faithful!

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