It’s amazing how quickly treasures on earth can be taken from you. In just one quick moment last Wednesday morning, I was in a car accident and totaled my car. After gathering my belongings and getting all the insurance paperwork taken care of this morning, I said goodbye to “Ruby.” This car that I bought less than a year ago was very special to me, though it was only an object. On a very small scale, it reminds me of the story of Job, a man who lost every possession he owned and his entire family except his wife – all in one day.
Yet God is sovereign and controls all situations – even the ones that are terrible and hard to accept. If the things in this world were all I lived for, this would be a strange, twisted thought. It IS difficult to understand why God would allow or even cause bad things to happen, but we must trust what we know about our God – that He is faithful and He is trustworthy. No matter what happens, He is in control of it, and we can trust Him because His character does not change.
Losing earthly possessions is a reminder that we need to fix our eyes and our hearts on what is eternal, and it is there that we find the treasures that we can never lose.
“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