Some days my mind and heart are filled with anxiety. Today is one of those days. I can barely bring myself to turn on the news. I'm a bit of a political junkie so this is odd for me. The state of our economy has me deeply troubled. I'll bet some of you feel the same way.
Of course I'm worried about the large-scale consequences of what our inept politicians do or do not do concerning a 700 BILLION DOLLAR bail-out. But my mind can't comprehend the vast scope of that kind of money. When political pundants and newscasters start throwing around words like "depression", my worries become instantly more personal.
What would happen to my family and to the people I know and love if our economy becomes even more of a disaster than it already is?
Would my husband lose his job? Could he find a new one? Would we lose our home? Would we be able to fit into my mother's basement? Kidding about that last one. We're totally going to live with my in-laws. ;-) What kind of America are my children going to grow up in?
When I start to get myself all spun-up, I need to remind myself to stop and to take my worries to the one who has calmed my fears so many times in the past.
Whenever I share a piece of my faith with you, my dear readers, I feel compelled to acknowledge the I'm aware that not everyone shares my faith or beliefs. But I receive such comfort from them that I want to share it with you.
What do I do with my fears?
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
So what does that mean to be delivered from my fears? If I take them to the Lord, does that mean the thing that whatever is causing my fear will be resolved in my favor? Clearly, no. The bible says, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Since I do pay attention to political happenings, I usually have an opinion on those matters. I constantly have to remind myself that my opinions are limited by my human perspective. Even if things are not resolved in a way that alleviates trouble, that does not mean that God is suddenly not in control.
God is not thinking, "Oh for Pete's sake, look at the mess they've made. What am I going to do now?" Well, He's probably thinking the first part, but certainly not the second.
Even if the absolute worst should happen and our economy collapses, the country is in financial ruins and we're all standing in bread lines, God is still in control. I can still have peace and comfort in this time of trouble.
“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” (Philippians 4:6-7).