Oh, no! Here we go again……..

Does it feel like we are on a roller coaster?  The stock market took another huge dip on Thursday.  The economy has been a constant hair raising, emotional “ride.”  With the election looming, it seems like our country is being pulled apart.  Life is just beginning to settle down from a crazy weather cycle.  Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes….

Do you feel scared?

As the world reaches for Pepto Bismol in  anxiousness , as Believers, we DO NOT have to fall into  a pit of worry and depression.  No matter what happens in the world or in our finances or the economy, God is with us.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;  I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”  -Isaiah 43:1-2

Notice that the verse says WHEN, not IF you pass through the waters and WHEN, not IF you walk through the fire.  In this fallen world, we WILL experience trial, tribulation and hardships.  Jesus promises that in this world we WILL have trouble.  But, He also tells us to “take heart because He has overcome the world.” 

We sometimes forget that THIS world is NOT our  home.  Our home is in Heaven.  We will not experience that perfect, “painless” rest in faith while here on earth .  But, we will someday!  We have a glorious inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.  Jesus went to prepare a place for us in Heaven.  The Father’s House has many rooms.  We need to be reminded to keep our eyes on the “unseen,” our focus on the eternal.

And, in the meantime, we need to be reminded that God has NOT left us- He will never leave us.  He is walking us through these difficult times.  He is steady and trustworthy even if the economy isn’t!  He is the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort.  He cares about what is going on in our lives.  He wants to comfort us and settle us and fill us with His perfect peace.

And, no matter how “bad” things look, our sweet, tender, merciful God will NOT let the waters overtake us or the flames burn us.  Turn to Him.  Trust Him.  Take His hand.

Father God, thank You for Your grace and Your mercy.  Thank You that You comfort us when we feel scared and unsettled.  Lord, thank You that not only will You not allow the waters to overtake us, but that You hold our hand while we walk through them.  I love You, Lord.  I praise You, Jesus.  Please help me to “not worry about anything but pray about everything.”  Abba, wrap your arms around us.  Help us through these uncertain times.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.

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13 thoughts on “Oh, no! Here we go again……..

  1. Mommy of two little blessings

    Dear Tracy,
    That was a beautiful reminder of our tender shepherds love and care of his flock. Thank you for reminding us that God does indeed love us and is watching over us at all times. And to be reminded that, as 4Him has sung about…Heaven is my home and I wanna go there. *smile* All in God’s time, of corse. *smile*
    Blessings, -me- (Mommy of two little blessings)

  2. Laurie Ann

    Tracy, this is a relevant reminder in the society we live in today. Very timely. We are not to worry. I think some level of concern is normal – it pushes us to pray, but it doesn’t have me reaching for the Pepto! I trust God for the outcome. He’s already outlined it and has overcome the world. I praise God for that assurance.

  3. BP

    What an encouraging word, Tracy! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been encouraged by the Christian words I’ve read to continue to trust God in this time of uncertainty.

  4. Scarlett Knight

    Thanks for keeping us “on track” (no pun intended…okay, maybe a small pun intended :))….during these roller coaster times!….And for reminding us that our God is great, and mighty and always in control…..AND that we are all on this amazing ride together!

  5. Loree A

    I went to the MOPS Convention the first week in October – and the entire first session was on Ephesians 3:18-19 – to grasp how high and wide and long and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge. Eliza Morgan said, “How would life be different if you grasped and knew the love of God held you safe, like a restraint on a roller coaster, no matter what the ride was like? What would it take for you to relax, grasp the love God has for you, know He holds you and throw your hands up and enjoy the ride?”

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