“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“Where Thieves Break in and Steal”

(Please read Matthew 6:19-21)

July 22

A few years ago somebody did a quick and messy job of ransacking our building. We think there were at least two thieves. They had to do some hard work to get in. Then they went through the building, opening every door, pulling out every drawer, and taking only what was portable and somewhat valuable. According to an electric clock that they unplugged to get at the computer equipment, they were working hard at breaking the Eighth Commandment at 2:37 on a Monday morning. They even emptied two food boxes which had been almost full, except for a few stray cans they were in too big a hurry to scoop up.

We were thankful that we didn’t lose much and that the thieves had not stooped to vandalism. We wished they had just come and asked for the things they stole. We had provided all those things for others, and might have seen fit to do so for them. It’s sad that the thieves probably think they succeeded that night and are thus emboldened to continue stealing.

Such an occurrence makes us think of how much trouble it is to protect our material things in a world “where thieves break in and steal.” So much trouble that Jesus taught people to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” instead. And he told a young ruler one specific way to do that: “Go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (Matthew 19:21, NASB). If people generally took that advice more seriously, there wouldn’t be so many broken locks and stolen goods.

 

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