The prosperity of the 1920s came to an end with the beginning of the Great Depression. The collapsing stock market triggered severe economic decline. Intoxicated with the optimism of the times, a false sense of security had left people unprepared for the difficult years that would follow.
Those who lived through the depression learned their lives could change quickly. One day, they had plenty; money, a home, a job, and plans for the future. The next day, all of this was gone.
Many were without work. Some lost their life’s savings. Countless people were homeless and struggled to find enough money to buy their next meal.
It is natural to be concerned about our daily lives. We think about our jobs, our homes, our families, and our friends. We track our retirement funds and make vacation plans. But unless we keep our focus on God, we are living with a false sense of security.
The Bible reminds us that before Christ returns, many people will be doing what they want to do. Just as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, few will follow the ways of God (see Luke 17:26-30). There will be a lack of godly love, affection, gratitude, and respect for others. Giving little thought to eternity, people will be self-centered and lack self-control. They will be treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (see 2 Timothy 3:4).
Are you prepared for His coming? Don’t be caught unaware as were those during the Great Depression. Keep your heart and mind focused on God and His Word. Do not be a lover of self, money, or pleasure. Rather, love God and seek Him above all else, and you will discover true prosperity.
Prayer: Lord, help me to clearly see You and Your wondrous love for me so that I might live in eager anticipation of Your return. May I seek You above all else and know that You alone are my fortress and great reward. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).
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