Have you ever been asked the question, “If you were on a deserted island, what one thing would you want with you?” In this world where we have so much, that is becoming a difficult question to answer. Many of us would take some kind of food, water, clothing, tool, or person. As I age, my answer has changed from physical needed items to peace-giving person. Matthew 6:21 tells us “for where your treasure is, there you heart will be also”.
If I were to lose everything in the world, I could survive knowing that Jesus is in my heart and always comforting me. Much like Job experienced during the trial of his life. He lost everything he had and was reduced to torn shambles of a man for many months to years. During the darkest time in his life, he continued to believe God was great and worthy to be praised. He claimed, “the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised”(Job 1:21b). Job understood that everything belongs to the Lord; we are only stewards of what He gives. Job lost his animals and farm, and praised God. Job lost is family, yet praised God. I don’t know anyone who could take the Job test these days and pass like he did.
The lesson to learn is not to hold onto things of this world tightly. We are here only for a little while. The time we spend should be telling others about Jesus and his wonderful gift of salvation so that everyone has an opportunity to spend their eternity in Heaven, where great treasures are stored up for safe keeping.