Mar 28, 2010


In the USA the economy has been tough for the past 2 years and has been a test of sorts for many people; a test to see what we are made of; a test to see where we turn in times of loss. There has been loss of jobs, houses, incomes, cars, careers, investments, and health (physical and mental).  

For some, this time of testing has resulted in a loss of meaning, and purpose, and a sense of direction for their lives. Many people here in the USA have been discouraged in the work of life, disheartened by its load; feeling ashamed by a sense that they have failed. For others, these tough times have resulted in a loss of faith that God will provide; for some they have started to doubt even the existence of God.   

My friend, this country has been through similar economic times in the seventies, eighties, and nineties and where one looked made all the difference in the world. For some people, this tough economy has been a time when God has proven that He can be trusted, and their faith has actually grown.   

Where do you go when everything is gone;  
When all of your regular sources of finances are removed?
Where do you go when all of your bearings are removed and you sense a loss of direction?
Where do you go when your faith is gone and you can’t see God anymore?    

These are important questions whose answers have significant impact on how well you weather this current economic situation. Do you look to yourself, to others, or to God?   

Psalm 37 is a Psalm of King David that offers such great hope as David compares those who trust and follow God with those who choose to practice wickedness. In verse 25 David wrote; “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” I love that; such a great testimony of the faithfulness and provisions of God!   

Further down in the same Psalm, David writes; v. 27 “Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.” v.34 “Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.” v.39“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. V.40 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, because they trust in Him.”    

These are times of great testing; look up, look to God who is longing to demonstrate to you His power and His provision so that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (see 1 Corinthians 2).      

“In Every Need”  Words By Samuel Longfellow
From "The Continual Burnt Offerings"
I look to Thee in every need,  
And never look in vain. 
I feel thy strong and tender love
And all is well again.
The thought of thee is mightier far 
Than sin and pain and sorrow are, 
Than sin and pain and sorrow are, my Lord.

Discouraged in the work of life 
Disheartened by its load.
Shamed by its failures and its fears
I sink beside the road. 
But let me only think of Thee 
And then new heart springs up in me,
And then new heart springs up in me, my Lord. 

There is an eye that never sleeps 
Beneath the wing of night,
There is an ear that never shuts  
When sink the beams of light. 
There is an arm that never tires 
When human strength gives way, 
There is a love that never fails 
When earthly loves decay.  
But there's a power which man can wield 
When mortal aid is vain.   

That eye, that arm, that loves to reach
The listening ear to gain. 
That power is prayer which soars on high, 
Through Jesus to the throne, 
Which moves the Hand which moves the world
To bring salvation down, bring salvation down. 

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