by Jeff Keck
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"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.Ē John 3:16 (NLT)
War and conflicts are raging around us first in Iraq, then Afghanistan and Israel; threats rise in Iran, Pakistan and North Korea. Families are coping with the loss of loved ones that fought in battle for our freedoms established by our US Constitution.
Home prices in parts of the country over the last few years have risen by 20, 30, even 50% only to drop by just as much; families facing foreclosure or even bankruptcy due to the instability of the housing market and the effects on our national economy.
Financial markets are seeking shelter from the massive losses in house pricing and the loans that canít be repaid. Stocks, bonds, commodities and interest rates vacillate by wide margins on a daily basis with uncertainty whether a company will survive the storm let alone will there be a recession in our near future. Retirement accounts rise and fall in value with each wave of the market.
Employees of lending institutions and homebuilders devastated by the loss of jobs in their fields forced to find work in other fields. Maybe looking for a job for days on end, months later still seeking that job that will pay the bills. Let alone catch up with what has been missed.
Children are being abducted off their own streets, playgrounds and schoolyards, shootings on high school and college campuses across the nation.
There are many circumstances that surround us each and every day; many that are closer to each of us individually than Iíve mentioned here. But God. In such times, it is easy to look at the circumstances and wonder what youíre future will look like; itís easy to think that I wonít be affected by (fill in the blank). But then something hits; something unexpected comes your way. Something you didnít deserve. And you start to wonder, maybe even doubt your faith. Itís at these times that it seems that we endure the greatest testing. And itís at these times that we cling to not what we see in the physical but that we look to the future with hope and expectancy of what is to come. Itís living the day-to-day life knowing that God loves you so much that he sent his only Son to die for you. That by faith, knowing in your heart and believing without a doubt, that He still has the best part of your life ahead of you. That by trusting Him and listening to His voice, we will not perish or live in lack, but starting from the moment we rest in Him, we will have a joy-filled life forever with Him, our Father that loved us unconditionally; not by what we did but by being the very person He made you to be. The physical, tangible things can be taken away at the blink of an eye. But these things canít be taken; they can only be given up. Itís at these times that we hold onto the only things we truly have Ė our faith, hope and love.
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Very well said. We must remember GOD is still on his throne and is ultimately in charge. Man's choices under the influence of satan's suggetions, etc is causing all this trouble in the earth. We have to pray for our nation and other nations. Break the power of the enemy holding other nations in bondage. Releasing workers... "the harvest is ready, reapers are few'....to preach/teach the gospel of the kingdom of God. If we focus on JUST what the media it telling us, we will be overwhelmed, BUT OUR GOD KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON AND HE CAN CHANGE IT IN AN INSTANT. We must continue to trust him and pray. GOD BLESS YOU
Jeff, I was truly blessed to read your article, it is so true that life can change in a moment but the one thing that remains is our God! One of the characteristics of a good writer in my opinion, is one that can write out of firsthand experience, I sensed your ponderings and felt your words. Keep writing for His glory, you are a blessing and we will make it to the other side... Shannon