No, I’m not speaking of the poor homeless folk who wander the streets with their few possessions in a pillowcase or grocery cart.
The new bag ladies have millions of dollars, multiple houses, fame, fortune and the world at their feet. BUT they fear losing it all.
How can that be? I venture to say that it is because they have made their possessions into their idols.
Banks fail. Magnificent jobs do end. Age happens. Life changes. Loss of all things is possible.
In fairness, this did happen to Job. When it did, he cried out “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26, NIV)
Through this terrible loss of family, friends and fortune, Job learned that God was testing him. His loss was a blessing in disguise.
All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing? People who do that will be put to shame; such craftsmen are only human beings. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and shame. (Isaiah 44:9-11, NIV)