Wall Street was once viewed as the golden gateway to profitability. Invest. Diversify. Make millions and retire wealthy. Tales of success from brilliant investors made people pursue the stock market craze with reckless abandon. The economy prospered, and investors praised its stability to consumers.

Yet today, many who hailed the stock market’s stability are now bankrupt and depressed in the aftermath of the economic downturn. On Monday, September 29, 2008, the federal government’s $700 billion corporate bailout plan was rejected in the House of Representatives, which caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to plummet a record 778 points. So much for putting faith in Wall Street!

I love America and cherish her freedoms. But my confidence does not rest upon her ability to bring me profitability. My hope is in Christ. Philippians 3:3b says: “. . . Rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Faith in my country, career, or even my closest friends will leave me disappointed. But faith in Christ brings everlasting joy because He will never fail.

You may be among the millions who are currently unemployed. My heart goes out to you. You might be a homeowner desperate to sell your house in a slow real estate market. I want to encourage you in your difficult time to remember: Profitability is not based upon what’s in your wallet, but what’s in your heart.

Join the great company of those who make the barren place of life fruitful with kindness. Carry a vision of heaven in your hearts, and you shall make . . . the world correspond to that vision. — Helen Keller

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.