Even in our current economic depression, if you are like the majority, you actually have cause to rejoice! Why? Because you are living at a higher standard than Abraham, who was a rich man and yet he lived in a tent:
The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. (Gen 18:1,2)
To be a tent dweller would not be easy, even for people who had servants and great wealth. Righteous Abraham never had running water, electricity, a car, a phone, a radio or any type of electronic equipment. That means the simplest things like a ceiling fan or an air conditioner on a hot day are things he could never know. He never went to the refrigerator for a cold piece of fruit or drink of water, since it wasn’t invented until afterwards. He never cooked on a gas stove which produced smokeless and odorless blue flames, since they weren’t available. He never had a microwave oven or an alarm clock. Times were much different for him than for us. His wealth or lack thereof wasn’t the all-important issue for him. His spiritual standing before God was. He had faith in God and a righteous standing, which paved the way for his paradise afterlife. The righteous beggar, named Lazarus, joined Abraham after his own death (Lk. 16:19-31). For Lazarus, while on earth, his health and finances were both in serious trouble, but one day it ended and things were greatly improved for him. That is how it will be for all who are walking with God and are living a holy life because of the Lord Jesus Christ. If your name is written in heaven you have cause to rejoice, regardless how bad it may be for you during this short life:
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)
Now that is something to rejoice about! God bless you.
[Dan Corner stresses holy living for salvation’s sake.]