The Loudmouth Protestant

September 16, 2008

Steadfast Faith in Shaky Times

Filed under: bible,God,life,religion,spirituality — nickisym @ 5:48 pm
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The title of this post was actually the title of my pastor’s sermon on Sunday. Before the Lehman Brothers news broke and before the Bank of America deal was solidified and made public, on Sunday morning, my pastor, following the direction of the Holy Spirit preached a sermon that is so apropos to where many of us are right now. We are watching our investments crash, we are losing our homes, and we are losing our jobs. We are losing everything which defines our livelihood on this earth. In response to this loss of material wealth and the endangerment thereof for those of us who it hasn’t hit home for yet, my pastor spoke about keeping all of our trust in God. Her core scripture was taken from Isaiah 26:1-7 which is Isaiah’s song of praise to the Lord. The boldest and most beautiful moment of his song is when he said, “Thou will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”

The concept of peace and God’s ability to grant us it has always been mystifying and beautiful to me. But perfect peace is even more amazing to me because God is the only perfect being amidst our imperfections that can put us in a perfect state of well being. (“Perfect Peace” is also one of my favorite Marvin Sapp songs—that is neither here of there, but you may want to check it out. Matter of fact, I’ll post the video.) Nevertheless, the concept of keeping our minds stayed on God and God alone in these unstable times makes too much sense not to do it. Really, we should be keeping our minds stayed on God at all times, not just when we are afraid.

There is too much in our world that is unstable and fleeting. Sure it makes logical sense to put our trust in our jobs because unlike God we can see them clearly, but we also see how quickly things can change in the blink of an eye. If at the same time as we were working for man—and working unto God, we kept our eyes on God, we would better be able to take comfort in the fact that even in the midst of a layoff ax falling, God has us completely covered—I can only say this having gone through a similar situation two years ago. He will guide us to that better place and don’t doubt for a second that there is another great opportunity ahead of you. It’s not the end all be all and I know some may think, “That’s easy for you to say standing on the other side.” But really, I know it’s not the end because God never puts more on us than we can bear and really he only requires us to have faith the size of a mustard seed to believe that we are going to come out on the other end victorious. My Bible Study teacher put it best when he mentioned that our trials and tribulation “come to pass” not “come to stay.”

So as my heart aches for those who will be leaving Lehman Brothers, those who will be out of a job at Merrill Lynch, and those who are afraid of what is to come at AIG, I say “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.” Know that God has got a plan for your future that is bigger than your present situation. And in your moments of weakness when you are tempted to despair, remember that you can always ask God for peace and he will give it generously. Let him keep you in perfect peace.


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