DayBreaks for 7/04/18: Is This It?
I find it interesting that some of the DayBreaks I wrote in years past are just as relevant, though perhaps in a slightly different context, than when they were first written.
From the DayBreaks Archive, June 2008:
Just this past week, the stock market fell 380-some points in one day. It wasn’t the only day the market fell. In fact, June was perhaps the worst month for the stock market since the great depression, according to one news source. On the same day, oil prices surpassed $140 per barrel, and some were saying that it’ll blow past $150 very soon, in spite of the Saudi’s agreeing to pump some more oil. The situation with Iran doesn’t look promising. Due to the cost of energy, the cost of food is rising rapidly, General Motors is struggling to survive and other large companies that have seemed to be rock solid pieces of the American financial foundation are sinking. People are being let go. Inflation seems to be a real threat, even as the housing market continues to sink.
Last Thursday night, my wife and I attended a financial seminar on retirement planning and received some good guidance on investments, etc. One of the key thoughts that kept running through my mind was this: I’m so grateful that I’m not dependent on financial investments either for this life or the next. Not even a million shares of Google could get me into heaven. Nor can it feed my belly or assuage hunger.
Does it scare me at all to see what is happening in America and the world? Yeah, I guess it does a bit. More because I worry about my kids and grandkids and what their world might be like. God, however, isn’t affected by the falling stock market, rumors of wars, greenhouse gases, the price of oil or an uncertain future. There is no such thing as an uncertain future to Him.
Amid all the panic, as Christians we can be lights in the darkness, projecting the truth of what we know in our hearts, simply this: this is God’s world and all will end exactly as He wills it – without exception.
We, of all people, should not run around panicked about what may or may not be. We, of all people, should be filled with peace, even as we see the world around us start to disintegrate at a faster rate because we know Who holds the future – and us – in His hands.
Is this the birth pangs of the end? I honestly don’t know. Either way, let us lift our voices with John the beloved disciple and say, Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
PRAYER: Lord, you hold the times and the seasons in Your hand. You alone have the wisdom to bring sense out of this chaos, to bring perfection out of such brokenness. Let us be harbingers of the coming of the King, preparing the way for the coming of the Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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