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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