Read Zephaniah 1
Focus on verse 18
I heard an advertisement on the radio today that began by informing me that the time may not be far off when cash will be eliminated and all monetary transfers will be made electronically making it possible that a person’s entire financial portfolio could be frozen by a government bureaucrat at the touch of a button. The purpose of the advertisement was to use fear to motivate me to buy gold, which would then supposedly protect me from losing access to my wealth in such a circumstance.
I should point out that I am not an expert in the field of investing by any means, but I do know that it is probably wise to diversify one’s wealth so as not to have all one’s eggs in the same proverbial basket. It may well be a wise choice to invest a little of one’s savings (if one actually has something in savings) in gold or silver, but I can tell also guarantee that no amount of gold is capable of delivering you from all your worldly troubles.
I have met a few people who seem believe it operates this way. They believe that if they have enough money they can buy their way into or out of pretty much anything. Sadly, we live in a culture where, in some circles, this is true. We seem to be moving ever more rapidly toward system of government where those who make the rules operate by different rules than those who do not have the means to make the rules.
And those who make the rules tend to be the ones with the most wealth, who, use that wealth to make rules that ensure that they continue to gather more wealth, which gives them more influence to make more rules…and so…you get the idea? Those in power, use their power to retain and increase their power.
It is typically these who trust in their wealth to keep them in power that will find themselves in dire straits on the day that the Lord decides it time for them to face judgment.
In today’s reading Zephaniah warns the people of Judah,
Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
In this case Zephaniah seems to be speaking of the final judgment at the end of time, but it applies also to Judah at the time it was written, and to us as we read it currently. The point is that nether gold, nor silver, nor money, nor influence is going to work to tip the balance in our favor with God the way it might have in a human situation. God is not manipulated, bribed, or coerced by anyone…ever! There is only one thing that will tip the balance in our favor with God, and it is not anything material.
When we stand before God on that final day, the crucial question will not be how much money we earned, or how good or bad we were, or how much we gave to the church. The crucial question will be “What did you do with Jesus?” When you were presented with the option to choose to follow Jesus or to reject Him, what choice did you make? Our eternity hangs on the answer to that question. Everything else is just details.