Driving through Ireland to a Bible conference, I saw a fascinating billboard. It was large and white with nothing on it but a woman’s red shoe and the bold caption: “Is Shopping The New Religion?”
The pursuit of possessions continues to be one of the most powerful motivations that people can experience. But can the accumulation of things bring true satisfactions?
In Luke 12:15, Jesus answered that question with a firm and uncompromising “No!” During a discussion on material wealth, He said, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Life must always be more than just the inventory of things we own.
King Solomon also attempted to find satisfaction in the pursuit of things. He discovered it to be full of emptiness (Ecclesiastes 2:1-17). If we have placed “the abundance of the things” we possessed at the center of our lives, shopping may in fact, have become a substitute for God – a new religion. But such endeavors will always result in emptiness.
David prayed, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16). Only God is able to bring real satisfaction to our lives. – Bill Crowder
O Lord, help us to be content
With all that we possess,
And may we show our gratitude
With heartfelt thankfulness. – Sper
You are rich when you are satisfied with what you have.
- February 23, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread