Saturday, May 9th, 2009
"Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah's mouth." (Matthew 4:4)
Part of God's purpose for us is that we take good care of ourselves and of our families. This includes caring for both physical and spiritual needs. Balance is needed in doing this, however, so that secular interests and concerns do not eclipse the more important spiritual ones. (Matthew 6:33) Regrettably, many people focus their life almost exclusively on the acquiring of material things. Yet, trying to satisfy all our needs solely with material things is unrealistic. A recent survey of millionaires in Asia reveals that many of them "feel insecure and troubled, even as they enjoy the social status and the sense of accomplishment their wealth brings." (Ecclesiastes 5:11) Jesus spoke of "the deceptive power of riches." (Mark 4:19) How are riches deceptive? They appear to make one happy, but they do not.
(Watchtower issue: 10/01/07, 1:5, 6)