These days, everything around us is shaking and changing. Economy news reported that the Americans' retirement plans have lost as much as $2 trillion in the past 15 months. Whew! There goes my hard earned money! Home prices plummeted, gas prices increased, unemployment rates skyrocketed, and nothing lasts forever. So, what else is new?
A new survey of American Psychological Association finds 8 out of 10 Americans are saying they feel stress because of the economy. The world is in turmoil. The war is still going on in Iraq. But there is still greater war going on inside of us. There’s turmoil of the spirit.
Even many God’s people have gotten so caught up in this world’s system that it’s easy to divert our attention to the problems instead of the Problem Solver. It’s time to ask ourselves once again, “Who and what am I really trusting?”
“Am I trusting the Word of God or am I trusting the things of this world that are ready to fall away?” God is shaking us all, didn’t you notice already? Maybe if we “hang loose” as far as material things are concerned and start living for the eternal values of the world to come, and be reminded again that we are just pilgrims and strangers on this earth, we can stop the war, the battle within our spirit. And maybe we can have peace again. “Peace that passeth all understanding” - even in the midst of changes and shaking around us.
This doesn’t mean that we become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. We need to be wise in handling the resources that God has entrusted us. Are we living beyond our means? Are we saving for rainy days? Are we consecrating to God a portion of our time, talent and material resources to advance His Kingdom?
Everything maybe shaking around us. Nothing lasts forever. We get old, we get sick, someday we will die. We are rich now, tomorrow, everything is gone. Relationships change. Children get older and leave us. We never know when our last breath will be. We work, plan for better things to come, then off we go! Where to go, that’s the question. And far better question is “Are we ready?”
It’s true, everything maybe shaking around us, but we will not be shaken, if our focus is in what God can do. He is in control of everything. Then we can stand secure and steadfast even while everything around us is falling apart.
Dear Father God, thank You for Your promise that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank You for Your promise that You will provide all our needs according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Thank You for everything that You have given us as a sign of Your goodness, mercy and love. Thank You for being our Great provider. Help us to remember always that every good and perfect gift is from above. Help us to be thankful in all circumstances for we believe that they are Your will for us in Christ Jesus. May we be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. In Jesus Name, Amen.
“Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”
Thank you for this beautiful article Gloria. And I say a big AMEN to your prayer. God is our refuge and our hope, and in Him we do trust. He is the answer to all of our economic and spiritual problems. God is shaking us as never before. I think that He is trying to get our attention. I love you, Sharon
Good points here, Gloria...God is still on the throne and He is still in control. We must live for TODAY, as it is the only DAY that we have been given...Why waste it on worrying about what MAY happen?...Helen
Gloria... Excellent words of faith and trust! It is so easy to be caught up in the happenings of the world and to be afraid of the unknown. When we realize that only God can lead us and when we come to rely on only HIM - that is when His peace will fill us and we can rejoice in all that He provides. Wonderful words of encouragement, Gloria...thank you, and God bless you. Love, Peggy