Possessions A’Plenty

In one of the simplest meals I have used four different appliances.

Jeremiah 49:1-39

Reference:  v.4  Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful?  O unfaithful daughter, you trust in your riches and say, 'Who will attack me?' (NIV Bible)


Explore:  This morning I had a piece of toast for breakfast.  I put the bread in the toaster, I took the butter out of the fridge, I grabbed a knife and plate from the dishwasher and I popped the honey in the microwave to make it runny.  In one of the simplest meals I have used four different appliances.  I do this every day without even thinking.  This is like a daily routine that is easy and wonderful… until one of the appliances breaks down.  Then it is like the biggest disaster and my whole day is flavoured by the inconvenience I have had to bear due to something being broken.  It's amazing how quickly we get used to having a lot of things around us.  Only when we move house and we are forced to look over all our possessions do we take stock of all we have.

Application:  My knowledge of ancient history is not great but I am pretty sure that when the prophet Jeremiah walked the earth there were no toasters, fridges, dishwashers or microwaves.  However, people still relied on their riches and the things they owned.  No matter what our financial status is we can come to rely on our possessions.  As time goes on we continue to accumulate things believing that they will make our life better.  However, when times get tough and I experience real pain and grief, it is not my microwave that I go to for encouragement and support.  It is then that we appreciate the friends, family and our faith in our everlasting Heavenly Father.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for always being there for us.  Forgive us when we put our trust and hope in the things of this world that will rust and decay.  May we place our hope firmly in You.  Amen.

What is an object in your life that you would struggle to live without?  How can you increase your trust in God?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.