Last night I turned on the TV to catch the late night news. On the screen I saw photos of two men’s faces, side-by-side. The commentator said, “Charlie Sheen and Muammar Gaddifi–what do these men have in common?” The commentator then proceeded to answer her own question. She said both men tend to rant illogically. She also said it appears that mental illness may be an issue.
Here’s a third commonality: Both men are filthy rich. Sheen earns $2.5 million for every episode of “Two and a Half Men” and his net worth is nearly $100 million. Gaddafi’s net worth is approximately $1 billion. That’s more money than most people can fathom. These guys can buy anything they want. Or can they?
Actually, no. Psalm 49:6,7 says, “They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches. Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God.”
Sheen and Gaddafi might have more money than most, but their lives are a mess. They’ve hurt many people around them, and they’re doomed for destruction barring spiritual transformation. How will they find that transformation? Certainly not by buying it. No amount of money will purchase the redemption of their souls. Christ alone can do it for them, but it won’t happen unless they place their trust in Him rather than in their wealth or, in Gaddafi’s case, their military might.
“But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of the grave,” says Psalm 49:15. That’s true for me and for all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Money’s not enough to save anyone’s life. It might buy a fancy new car, but it can’t bring inner peace. It might buy a beautiful house, but it can’t buy love to make it a home. It might purchase stylish clothing, but it can’t clothe me in the robe of righteousness. It can buy an expensive casket, but it’ll never purchase eternal salvation for the soul.
Here’s my personal challenge: As I see these guys’ faces in the media, what action do I take on their behalf? Shake my head at their craziness and misplaced trust? Or pray that they’ll understand how God has paid a ransom for their lives and place their trust in Him?
Question: God wants our trust to be in Him alone. Have you placed your trust in anything besides Him for happiness?