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As I write this, CNN, Fox News, Drudge Report and other news sites are reporting that Wall Street is doing awful, more banks are expected to fail, and the economy worldwide is in a world of hurt! Dealing with senior citizens who often live off investments means that all this can impact us in a very big way. We may be fielding calls from elderly parents who are very nervous about what’s going on. Many of us are probably fighting butterflies in our own stomachs about this. And even our adult children may be calling to say, “Hey Dad, Mom, what does this mean? Are you OK? Will it impact me?” The simple answer…we have no clue! I don’t think anyone here on Planet Earth really knows. But that reminds me of an oldie goldie phrase I love –
I don’t know what the future holds, but I KNOW Who holds the future!
None of this financial turmoil is a surprise to God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and He has promised to provide for His children. His Word is so powerful at a time like this and I thought it would be an encouragement to all of us.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake… Psalm 46:1-3
Kaye’s paraphrase – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the banks give way and the stock market falls into the heart of Wall Street, though the newspapers roar and foam, and the network news causes quakes with its reporting.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:17-19
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.. 1 Peter 5:6b-7
Through God we will do valiantly, And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries. Psalm 108:13