“The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their cargoes anymore—cargoes of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet; all those things made of scented wood, ivory, fine wood, bronze, iron, and marble; cinnamon, incense, fragrant ointment, and frankincense; wine, oil, fine flour, and wheat; cattle, sheep, horses, and carriages; and slaves, even human lives. ‘The fruit your whole being craved has gone from you. All your glitter and glamour are lost to you, never ever to be found again.’
“The merchants who sold these things, and got so rich by her, will stand a long way off because they fear the pain she suffers. They will weep and mourn, and say, ‘Oh, the horror! The great city that wore fine linen, purple, and scarlet, who glittered with gold, jewels, and pearls— in just one hour such great wealth was destroyed.’
“Every sea captain, every seafarer, sailors, and all who make their living on the sea stood a long way off. They cried out as they saw the smoke from her burning and said, ‘What city was ever like the great city?’ They threw dust on their heads, and they cried out, weeping and mourning. They said, ‘Oh, the horror! The great city, where all who have ships at sea became so rich by her prosperity—in just one hour she was destroyed. Rejoice over her, heaven—you saints, apostles, and prophets—because God has condemned her as she condemned you.’”
Questions to Ponder:
Do you place too much value on material things? How much time do you spend accumulating what ends up being clutter in your home and holds little value? How could you transform that time to gather real riches ― the deepening of friendships and better understanding of God’s word?
Prayer for Today:
Loving and patient God, help me to understand what holds real value. Help me to see the richness of conversation and kind words from the people in my life, and help me to contribute the same to theirs. I thank You for Your generosity and Your patience with me. Amen.