‘In God is my strength and my glory; God is my strong rock; in him is my refuge. Put your trust in him always, my people; pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge. The peoples are but a breath, the whole human race a deceit; on the scales they are altogether lighter than air. Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride; though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.’ (Psalm 62.7-10)
Making ends meet is a vital concern to us as individuals and as a country. But, especially in hard times, concern can become worry, anxiety, or obsession. Faith does not take the problems away, but ‘taking it to the Lord in prayer’ (as the song goes) has power as we open up our troubled hearts to God the Comforter. The psalmist says ‘set not your heart’ on increased wealth. Jesus said “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too”. Money does buy bread and extra choices in life, but not happiness or love. “Do not be anxious”, he also said, “about where tomorrow’s food and clothing will come from – your heavenly father knows what you really need”. What is my heart most set on?