DayBreaks for 4/11/19: Who Will Show Us Better Times?
From the DayBreaks archive, April 2009:
I remember one morning shortly after the 2008 presidential election, I was listening to the radio in the garage as I was exercising. There were people on the radio who were so excited about what Barack Obama would do for them. Now, I’ll grant you that this isn’t a reflection on Barack Obama, but just on a few people (probably the most radical ones they could find) who were among his adoring band of adherents. I could scarcely believe my ears when I heard this one lady say “Now I won’t have to make my house or car payments any more.” What was she thinking? She was thinking that the new President was somehow going to make everything better overnight and that she’d no longer have to meet her obligations – the government would take care of it all for her for the rest of her life. When I heard her statement, I about fell off the elliptical machine!
On the day I wrote this email, the news was reporting that for the first time, they are now forecasting a global recession. (As if we weren’t already in one!) And, the news about GM isn’t good: they plan to shut down for 9 weeks this summer in order “to save money” – but did you know that GM is obligated to make up the difference between what the employees would normally be paid and what they will get on temporary disability? It’s not clear how much money it will save them, but that’s not the point, either. The jobless rate continues to climb. The announcer on the radio also pointed out that home prices in the bay area have fallen another 12.5% from this time last year, and that the market is still stagnant and the prospects for it picking up soon aren’t good.
So, is it any wonder that some will fantasize about how someone (read “government”) will fix all our problems for us? Let’s face it: we all would like things to be better, for the economy to be good again, for much of the discomfort and hardship to be over and gone and for the “good times” to roll. That’s what’s so intriguing about this passage from the NLT, found in Psalm 4:6-8: “Many people will say, ‘Who will show us better times?’ Let Your face smile on us, Lord. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
What a great passage! People all over are seeking for someone to “show us better times”, even if it means mortgaging our grandchildren’s future. Isn’t that a bit selfish on our part? I’d rather deal with the hard times myself than pass it off on my grandkids. But the answer to the question is implied in the second line: “Let Your face smile on us, Lord.” You can’t expect the President, Congress, the United Nations, the European Union/Common Market, the burgeoning economies of India or China to show us better times.
As Christians, we need to take it to heart that we already have better times given to us by the Lord. He has given us greater joy than those who have riches. And at night, we can sleep deeply, drinking in the truth of the knowledge that the Lord, and only the Lord, can and will keep us safe and bring us better times – in the next life, if not in this one.
Prayer: Lord, forgive our frantic worrying about the good times. Help us to hold firmly to the truth that you have ALREADY given us greater joy than anything that money or bumper crops could possibly afford! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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