In 1940, a new house could be yours for around $4,000. A shiny new automobile could be driven off the lot for about $850, filled with gasoline costing 11 cents per gallon. For the man with a wedding or other important social event on his calendar, a well-tailored new suit cost $24.50, while a lady could purchase hosiery for 20 cents. That nagging headache could be relieved with aspirin purchased for 76 cents per bottle,and a good night’s sleep was assured on a new Sealey Mattress for the price of $38.00
Prices for every generation may seem steep at the time, while bargains have always existed as well. But one thing that has remained constant is that with every purchase a bill has come due and payment has been collected. It can be easy to overlook, but this is true in God’s economy as well. We will reap what we have sown, whether for good or evil—the bill comes due one day:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap. Galatians 6:7
Who doesn’t love a bargain? If mid-twentieth century prices were still a reality, what fun it would be to make purchases today! But no matter the price, the bill always comes due, in daily life and in the unseen realm where God keeps the accounts. Will you be among the wise and consider the cost?