My husband and I were talking this week about our American culture's emphasis on financial security. We determined that financial security is not a biblical concept. Most of the world barely survives a day or a week. There is likely not even an opportunity to save for the future to feel financially secure. Biblically, we are to look at God as our provider through our work and other means He supplies. But, at any moment, that which we depend upon to make us feel secure, such as money in the bank, can be taken away. Such an event will certainly show us if we are depending on these props to stay strong, This reminded me of a blog I wrote several years ago after hearing Gracia Burnham speak about the time all her props were removed. Here's her story:.
Martin and Gracia Burnham. Remember them? While serving as missionaries in the Philippines, the Burnhams were kidnapped in 2001 and held hostage for more than a year by a radical Muslim group. During a rescue attempt, Martin was killed.
Gracia, wounded but since recovered, returned to the US and has been telling their story. I heard it yesterday and was struck by what she discovered about herself when all the “props of normal life” were removed. She said it wasn’t pretty.