Think About God? In this Economy?

Understanding the Mission of Jesus

Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians:  “I know what it is to be brought low, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have been very thoroughly initiated into the human lot with all its ups and down—fullness and hunger, plenty and want.  I have strength for anything through him who gives me power.  But it was kind of you to share the burden of my troubles.”  (Philippians 4:12-14).

While many people are a paycheck or two away from poverty, I can be thankful to have enough at this time–a warm place to sleep, plenty of food, appropriate clothing.  As I take comfort in my present circumstances, I sometimes wonder whether I would be as spiritually attuned without the adequate creature comforts.  Could hunger, or knowing my family was in a state of hunger, come between me and my relationship with God?

Here in the United…

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