Sailing On, Through Stormy Seas

            The past few weeks of life in these United States have been troubling, exasperating, scary, confusing, panic-laden, anxious and fearful. As we have ridden the waves of our economic storm, we have become all too familiar with terms like bank failure, bankruptcy, foreclosure, inflation, bail-out, emergency actions, recession and depression  Then comes the news today that the first crack at a bail-out by the Congress failed and the markets are in a free-fall.   Sort of makes you want to pull the blanket over your head and stay in bed. 

            When the world as we know it is nothing but a storm with no sunrise, what do we do?  I remember an old prayer, ‘Lord, this ocean is so big and my boat is so small.”  The only way our boats make it through the storm is to have enough ballast under the surface to keep us upright.  What sturdy weight of truth can you add to your soul to walk through this with a steady, peaceful heart?  Consider these things:

            + God is sovereign over all things, including nations, economies (stock markets, housing, inflation, etc.) and people like you.

                    “ Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours….You rule over all. “                                                                                 (1 Chronicles 28:11-12)

 

            + God’s sovereign rule is never shaken & His purposes are never compromised.  In other words, He does not worry when banks fail or have to call emergency sessions in heaven when markets tumble.

                        “Remember this and stand firm…I am God and there is no other…My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all My purpose.”               (Is.46:8-9,11)

           

            + This sovereign God is also marked by tender compassion for your current situation.  He cares about the issues of everyday life that concern you.

                         “Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand so that at the proper time, He may exalt you, casting all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 

 (1 Peter 5:6-7) 

 

            + This sovereign, compassionate God is your only real source of hope.  Refuse the CNN-Fox-NBC-ABC-CBS-MSNBC-NY Times-Newsweek, etc, view that the promised solution for our ills rest in market adjustments, economic forecasts and different political leadership.  That is a lie that produces anxious fear.  Your God will see you through.

                        “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.  They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”  (Psalm 20:7-8) 

                        “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way…The Lord of hosts is with us “  (Psalm 46: 2,11)                                                                                     

 

            + Your life never has been, nor will it ever be, defined by your bank account, credit rating, mortgage status or retirement fund balance.  You are so much more—and your Father sees the more!!

                        “Jesus said, ‘Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”                                                                (Matthew 6:25)

 

+ Trust God for today—and rest in Him. Then do it again tomorrow. Don’t play the “what if?” game.  Just pray, trust your Father… and live!

            “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”                                                   (Matt. 6:34)

            “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”          (Lam. 3:22-23)

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