This week’s downhill slide of the stock market has a lot of people worried. Especially for those who have retired and are living off of the fruits of their lifetime of labor, watching the value of investments fall and the cost of living skyrocket seems like the perfect reason to panic.
Over time, even the worst economic disasters tend to work out. The Great Depression was awful for many people, but it eventually things got better (financially, at least) for just about everyone.
This advice from Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew is worth considering every time you feel yourself slipping down the slope of despair:
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Matthew 6:27 NIV
The course of human history has always been one of suffering. Why panic and add emotional suffering to your pains?
For more insight into the Gospel of Matthew, take a look at the Heaven On Wheels archives on the website and read Barb’s detailed study of the Sermon on the Mount. The verse highlighted here is just a single nugget in the huge treasure of gold that makes up this sermon.