Advent 3, Thursday, Year B

Inspired by Habakkuk 2:1-5

“Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith. Moreover, wealth is treacherous; the arrogant do not endure. They open their throats wide as Sheol; like Death they never have enough. They gather all nations for themselves, and collect all peoples as their own.” Habakkuk 2:4-5 (NRSV)

Can money buy happiness? Conventional wisdom says no, however most people who struggle to pay their bills are convinced that a little more money would buy them some security, and feeling secure would go a long way towards improving their happiness.

But how much is enough? Three months’ living expenses in the bank? Six? A year? Our imaginations can easily come up with worst-case scenarios in which we will lose everything we own no matter how much money we have, because it will never quite be enough. Money is a finite resource, and it can always run short.

God’s grace is limitless. God is limitless. Trusting in our own resources and abilities leaves us frightened of not measuring up, but God will always measure up. Faith in God will bring the security we need to know that we will never be forsaken, that we will never have to face the struggles of the world alone, and that our needs will always be met. Letting go of our faith in wealth and those things which money can buy will free us from slavery to those things, and enable us to have a right spirit within ourselves and a right relationship with God. We will no longer look at the things and the people of the world as items to acquire for our own benefit, but rather as God’s good creation, all working together to his glory.

Let us pray. Faithful God, all of the world is your good creation. Enable us to trust in your abundance, that we may be content in the knowledge that you will always provide for us. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.