We are in trouble. We cannot rescue ourselves from the Valley of Tears . We need help - God's help. We need God's help to extricate us from our dire predicament in the Valley of Tears.

A rich man looks to his own resources for his salvation in the Valley of Tears not to God. A poor man has no resources so he looks to God. In poverty, there is wisdom .

The False Sense of Security We Derive from Riches

"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" . A rich man thinks that he can fend off the crosses that beseige us as we pass through the Valley of Tears . His riches can hold them at bay. However, not even a rich man can rescue himself. The predicament of the rich man is just as dire as the predicament of the poor man. Even a rich man needs God's help. A rich man has not spent enough time thinking about his imminent need for the parting of the Red Sea of Death. His resources will not accomplish such a miracle. Standing like a colossus at the nexus between the entrance of paradise and the exit of godlessness is Jesus. Through his bloody wounds the great leap is made from time to eternity . He is the way . "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me." . All of the resources of a rich man are not enough to pay the toll for entry into the kingdom of God. The toll is not found in one's pocket. The toll is found in one's heart.

The toll for entry into the kingdom of God is not found in one's pocket but is found in one's heart. Do you have the toll? Your pocket may be filled to the brim with coin but is your heart filled to the brim with love?

Wretched is the poor man without coin in his pocket and without love in his heart.

Happy is the poor man without coin in his pocket but with a heart filled to the brim with love.