So, you watch the stock market in free fall, and you wonder “what does this mean for me?” And then I Peter 1 comes in and puts things in drastic perspective… eternal perspective:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
If faith now has a four-fold connotation of joy (rejoice instrumentally with joy that is desribed as so overwhelming as to be inexpressible and full of the manifestation of God’s glory)… how much more when it becomes sight? Temporally and eternally, Christ will be overwhelmingly more joyful to those of the Way than stuff could ever be to those on Wall Street.