“LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”Isaiah 26:12
It’s ironic that the wealthy man who was eager to learn how to inherit eternal life was standing in the very presence of the way to the Father. Looking for another rule to follow and keep, he was bewildered by Jesus’ reply. The Lord doesn’t expect everyone to give away all they own. But for this young man, asking him to do so exposed the idols of his heart. He believed salvation could be obtained through human effort, and if parting with his wealth was necessary, then eternal life appeared unreachable.
Jesus did not condemn the rich man but looked at him with love. He understood his struggle. The world has always taught us that our security is in wealth. A life of luxury certainly does not lend itself to seeking God for help since it creates the illusion that financial resources save us.
By much of the world’s standards, we are rich. And those riches can hinder our intimate walk with Jesus. Stop striving for more; there is great peace in resting in the arms of our Savior whose riches the earth cannot even contain.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)