Consumer wars

By Dave Hallahan

In today’s world, salvation is offered in many forms. Everyone has a product to sell and they all claim that their product will save us. A phone that will make us more popular, clothes that will make us look cooler, or a drink that will give us the energy we need! On a daily basis you are told by someone, or something, they you are lacking. Someone has something that you need to be whole.

We are bombarded with these messages daily. Our senses are flooded with commercials and advertisements. They are so integrated into our lives that we don’t even realize that we are being targeted for a sale. We often fail to realize that we are believing their lie.

The Psalmist tells us this, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:5-8).

King David had it all. He had the latest ride, he had the prettiest girl, he had all the money he wanted and all the things that money could get him. But David knew that those things did not complete him. Those things were a distraction from who he really was and how he was to be defined. All of his stuff could not save him. He waited on God alone.

What’s battling for your attention? What are you looking to complete you? What lie are you believing? Let us wait in silence for the coming of our Lord. We need to block out the distractions and focus what will bring us true salvation. We are constantly being asked to buy something; we are constantly told we need more. If we don’t heed David’s words to ‘trust in Him at all times,’ we will place our hope and trust in things that will perish with us.

Dave Hallahan has been involved at Delanco Camp for 15 years now. His involvement has taken many shapes over the years (camper, weekly staff member, and summer staffer). Dave is currently the youth pastor at Hope Christian Fellowship in Woodbury, NJ. Image credit: By Victoria from London, UK (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

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