The other day I was talking to someone about what I paid for my house about 10 years ago, what it was worth a couple of years ago and what it is worth today. The value went up and then came crumbling down again. We have not been hit with devaluation of property nearly as bad as most communities in our country.
I am part of a retirement plan, and in one year I saw it lose more than 30 percent in value. Even though it has recovered some, it still is not near to what it was before the collapse of the economy. Speaking of retirement, I technically could retire and draw my social security in less than 10 years, but I wonder if money will be there.
I don’t have a lot of money in stocks, but they still are valued around 10 percent below where they were two or three years ago. The stock market is so volatile that a lot of investors still are shying away from it. This all sounds depressing considering we have no guarantees that our investments ever will fully recover or that we will not see another collapse around the corner.
There is one thing, however, that we have a guarantee will never devalue – our inheritance that is promised to us in heaven. 1 Peter 1:4 says we have an “inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you.” Even if we lose every bit of our investments and retirement, we win big as believers in Jesus Christ.
This is one of the reasons I can get up every day with confidence and assurance that everything will be all right.