DayBreaks for 9/25/08 – Yet Even Now
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2008:
What an interesting mess our country is in! If anyone had asked at the beginning of the year if such giants as Merrill-Lynch, Lehman Brothers and others would be bankrupt and out of business by this time, people would have laughed at them. The big 3 American car manufacturers are all teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Even the huge AIG corporation had to be bailed out. It’s enough to make you discouraged.
Discouragement comes from many different venues. By the bountiful hand of God, I do have some funds tucked away in a large investment company, but each day I watch them dwindle in value. The value of our home here in California has taken a huge hit – I can’t imagine how anyone could possibly sell and come out on the right side of things. But discouragement also comes from moral failings (otherwise known as sin) – and once again, I’m in the same boat with everyone else on that score. In fact, every human being is in that boat – just look around at your fellow passengers and you’ll see everyone you know there!
Discouragement…it’s easy to come, but hard to make it go away. Andree Seu wrote in the August 23-30 issue of WORLD magazine about this phenomenon: “Sometimes I give in to the discouragement because I have been round this block so often that God can’t possibly forgive and reinstate me again – at least not until I show Him a good two weeks of being properly miserable. If this is your problem, too, I have a verse for us: Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to Me with all your heart. (Joel 2:12) I often rest my whole life on that “yet even now.”…There are no larger battles than the private internal ones…And the corollary is that there is no Christian life except the moment-by-moment kind – more pointedly, the moment-by-moment choice to believe in God. The Christian life is not lived on the level of doctrine, or our various observances, or our political action, though these are all required. And what that moment-by-moment faith in God looks like is a brawl. If there is no constant battle, there is probably no authentic life. The battle can be joyful, but it is a battle. And it comes with a promise: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. (Jas. 1:12)
Discouraged? Someone sent me this just this past week, and it was too good to keep to myself:
TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2008
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
- Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.
ISN’T IT GREAT TO KNOW WHO IS STILL IN CONTROL?!
The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! Lamentations 3:22.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord that we don’t have to control events – that we can leave them in Your perfectly capable hands. Help us to remember that no matter what happens to the markets or the elections or the war or with disease or anything else, some things never change because You have decreed them from ages past. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.