Thursday, January 22, 2009

What's our real problem?

Peace, saftey, and economic prosperity are all threatened in the world's current crises. Peace seems so far away when we speak of it since we are presently ingaged in two different wars. Wars and rumors of wars are everywhere we look. Israel is engaged in warfare with enemies bent on eliminating them off the face of the earth.Terriorism seems to be a way of life for many who claim their hatred and desire to kill comes from their God whom they worship. Uncalm is the by-word of the day when we think of all those in this world who are being killed on a daily basis just because they are different, poor and without protection. Safey, even within the U.S. is becoming a forgotten memory and now we are learning to live with the possibility of being shot on any given street within America all because some have and some don't have. In some cases it is because some are greedy and in some cases it's because some desire to have without the process of working for their needs. Economic prosperity went out the window in a period of about 6 weeks and many have lost their entire savings and many their entire retirement funds.

To say we as a nation are stressed and distressed is the condition of many (statistics say 3 out of 4 people)of our citizens. Many are asking the question, Doesn't God know what's going on and if He does, why don't He do something? I read a statement the other day that says it as well as anyone could conclude concerning the subject of peace, saftey and economic prosperity. This person said, "What the world needs to realize that the world's main problem is that it's inhabited by people like us sinners in need of redemption." That's true and yet many are still asking the questions of what can I do and where do I turn, so here are some comforting scriptures that can help bring our present situation into perspective and bring about comfort.

Life on Earth is short, prosperity is fleeting: Psalms 39:4-5
God does not change: Hebrews 13:8
Circumstances do change: Proverbs 27:1
Be diligent to look ahead and plan ahead: Titus 3:14
Be a wise financial steward: Romans 13:8
Seek and heed wise counsel: Proverbs 12:15
Don't fail to plan or to work because of laziness or indifference: Eccl. 10:18
Make your focus treasures in Heaven, not on earth: Matthew 6:19-24
Don't trust in riches and don't be greedy: Proverbs 11:28
Trust God; don't worry; be at peace: John 14:27
Be content, even if you end up with less than you're used to having: Proverbs 30:7-9
Remember God is the owner of all: Psalms 24:1-2
Remember God will require an account of us as His stewards: Romans 14:12
Remember God is sovereign over all thiings: Proverbs 19:21
Be generous with the needy; graciously share what you have now and in hard times:
James 1:27
Face trials and hardships with eternal perspective: Psalms 114:7
Remember God builds Character in times of trials: 1 Peter 4:12-13
Practice generosity: 2 Corinthians 8:13-15
Remember our true home is not in this world but in Heaven: John 14:1-3
Never forget, Jesus is coming back. 2 Peter 3:10-14

It will be hard to help someone else see our need for trusting in Almighty God if we ourselves are struggling with the day to day trials of a world that is lacking peace, saftey and in economic peril.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.


Sue said...

I agree with your post wholeheartedly! I am praying that the Lord will open the eyes of the people who are looking to the government (in general) and Obama (specifically) to fix the ills of the world. We indeed do need to "turn our eyes upon Jesus..." (one of my favorite hymns, btw)

However, on another note, do you think the Lord will look favorably on an administration who allowed a homosexual minister who stated in an interview, " Although there has been some debate about whether Warren should use the name of Jesus in his inauguration day prayer, Robinson made it clear, in an interview with the Concord Monitor, that he will offer a non-sectarian prayer at the Sunday event. He said he will not use the Bible as his text, saying:

"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," Robinson said. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation." , to offer a prayer at his inauguration?

I am praying for our nation...but I will NOT go quietly into that good night of globalization and interfaithism...

Oh, it is going to get so uncomfortable for know how I know? Because the Bible tells me so and unlike the Rev. Robinson, I WILL be using the Bible as my text from here on matter who may be offended by it. Jesus offended quite a few people in his day...

Thanks, Eddie, for letting me vent.

Greg P. said...

Eddie, your post just solidified something in my mind that I wasn't sure I was going to do. After reading your post, I'm going to do it and I will do it with a cheerful heart.

Don't worry, it's legal.

Eddie said...

To Sue,Read Matthew 7:21-23 There you will find people who conveniently prayed and performed in Jesus name when it was convenient to them. See what Jesus said about those people. In fact if he don't pray in Jesus name, who then is he talking to. Jesus says that if you are ashamed of him, He will be ashamed of you before His Father. we just have to know that the enemy comes to us many times in disguise and perhaps even in the form of a minister. Only God can see this man's heart and really know him, all we see is the physical and it don't look good to us.

Sue said...

After I posted, I was afraid you wouldn't take very kindly to my "ire" on your blog...especially since I don't "know" you at all, yet.

I am glad to see you are like-minded. And thanks for reminding me that God looks on the heart and all we see is the outside. That is very true and I am trying very hard not to "judge" people these days...I think what got me so wound up about it was listening to my favorite radio program yesterday at work (I download them at home and listen on my MP3 player...the date I listened to yesterday was 1/12/09). Here is the link, if you are interested...

Scroll down to that date and listen. You might want to check out this whole site. It is my favorite...

BethAnne said...

Go to my blog and on my sidebar click on Notes from the Soul....scroll will get a good laugh!