It doesn't take much to get people rattled. The stock market plummets and all of a sudden, some people are worried about their future.
Then mad cow and foot and mouth disease capture our attention, and we wonder about the quality of our food and what threat these viruses pose to America.
Earthquakes, layoffs, tornadoes, uncertainty, volatility ... all of these and more have upset our confidence in ourselves.
God warns about trusting in things. In the Old Testament He says after the barns are full and everything is going well, beware, lest you forget the Lord your God. And Jesus told the parable of the rich man who satisfied himself with all of his wealth and accomplishments. That man was described as a fool, because that very night his soul was required of him, and then whose property would these things be?
Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where stock markets and diseases can't touch them seems to be a good paraphrase of the original and a warning to all who have put their trust in the wrong place.