“We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old: You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them. You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me. But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us. In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Selah”
Psalms 44:1-8 NKJV
I spent perhaps a little too much time yesterday, looking at future things, that will soon have a profound impact on the world. Many indicators are pointing to a Great Recession, much deeper than that of 2008, and possibly a global economic collapse, the likes of which have not been experienced since 1929.
If that were not enough, those in power are beating the drums of war, spoiling to take on another nuclear superpower in a game of chicken. There are rumors of war, earthquakes in diverse places, and volcanic activity everywhere.
It is enough to cause one to become overly apprehensive, even consumed with the all the potential calamities that could consume the planet.
Oh how I love the word of God!
I opened my bible this morning, as I do every morning, as if to synch up with my Creator, so that my heart and mind are on the same page. My reading brought me to Psalm 44, and another time when people of God faced difficulty. In that moment, they looked back at what they knew about God, as it had been communicated to them through the generations. I was reminded of His great reputation, of what He had done.
Israel is a type for the follower of Jesus, and the faithfulness demonstrated them then, is the same faithfulness we can depend on today. The coming weeks, months and perhaps years, will be filled with much uncertainty, and many really bad things may happen. There will be moments when might think that there is no hope. Remember this:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
That same God who drove out the nations, afflicted the enemies, will still uphold us with His strong right hand. Though it may seem as if the bottom ism falling out, we can know that God is for us, and there are no surprises.
One of the hardest things is seeing the plan of God in the midst of suffering. I have learned to look back, as the writer of the psalm did, remembering how the Lord had been there for the people of God time and time again. I then can know with confidence that He will be there again, even if it is to welcome me into Heaven.
Brothers and sisters, I know many of you are troubled this morning, as so many of us are experiencing the pressures of these times. Many of us are battling illness, and cancer, and a multitude of other issues. Some of us are feeling ground down as we live in a world that is increasingly given over to the evil one.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
We after seeking all of this played out in vivid detail right before our eyes.
Hang in there, my people.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.””
John 14:3-4 NKJV
He is preparing a place for us, He will come again. Let us redeem the time in our waiting, by reminding ourselves of all that He has done. God has left us His word, and for those who have been born again, He has left the Helper, the Holy Spirit, God in us, to remind us and propel us into holiness.
Communicate to others the great things God has done in your lives.
Let us be faithful to use these difficult times as an opportunity to go and tell others of Jesus. Pain has away of getting peoples attention, and many will be calling out for answers, for which we have in the name Jesus Christ.
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”
Hebrews 10:35-39 NKJV
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