One problem currently facing Americans in every strata, is simply, our money doesn’t go as far anymore. The humorous Yogi Berra put it in perspective with this zinger, “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
The fact is when I was a boy a nickel bought a coke that now costs $1.50 in a machine. So in reality a nickel ain’t worth a dollar and a half anymore.
Isaiah dealt with the money issue with wisdom that certainly comes from the Holy Spirit. Notice:
Isaiah 55:2, “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”
The message in this verse is not about having or not having things, but about the wrong idea about what money can buy. Bread that does not satisfy? Work that is meaningless? That which is only physical? Yep, Isaiah nailed the so called American dream of Century 21.
An old song hit the theme of a “Satisfied Mind.” A line had it, “suddenly it happened, I lost every dime. But one things for certain when it comes my time, I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.” Only the life lived for the glory of God will bring peace of heart and mind. God does not intend for work to be a form of slavery to some false image of true success.
Please do not get the idea that I am promoting poverty as being more godly. That’s not true at all. Jesus, while walking around earth with hardly any of the material things we deem symbols of success, did so while being the Lord of all creation! What is His secret? Simple. Use things to bless people. He knows we “have to live.” He also knows that deep down in our soul (Isaiah’s term) we need the sense that our life has meaning beyond ourselves.
Like Yogi said, “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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