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Satan’s Answer

Many years ago a major American company opened an assembly plant in Panama. Very quickly, however, they ran into trouble keeping the employees working. The assembly workers had little to buy in Panama and bartered for the things they needed. This left them with more cash than they could spend. So, periodically they quit working until they could spend the cash they had already made. Well, there were many attempts to solve this problem. One said, "Pay them less; hold some of their pay back." Others wanted to move the plant. Finally, someone came up with the suggestion that they give all of their employees a Sears catalog. This worked beautifully. It wasn't long until they were all in debt and had to work every hour of every day to pay for their pretties.

Is this not Satan's answer to so fill our lives with things that we have neither time nor money left for God? I am very concerned today that so many people are obligated to so many things that there is very little, if any, left to give God.  Never has there been so many beautiful things to buy in the market place. Never has it been so easy to buy them. Some things can be bought without interest. Other things can be bought now and you don't start paying for them for months. Then, too, there is a little plastic card that works magic. Consumer and national debt is at an all-time high running into the billions and trillions. One can end up giving God the crumbs from the table. This, too, can leave us no time at all for rest and worship. It has caused family problems and even divorce. Some have ended up in bankruptcy court. Never has there been a time when we need to practice self-discipline as we do today. We must learn to say, "NO."

Satan offered Jesus his catalog in the wilderness; beautiful things to eat, wear, to have, to own. Jesus said, "NO." He  quoted to him from God's catalog. "Man shall not live by bread alone" (Matt. 4). Jesus said again, "Take heed and beware of covetousness for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward