October 1, 2008

There Is Nothing New

"That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun"

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NASB)

There has been tremendous turmoil on Wall Street and in Washington the past few days. But I take great comfort from the words above. I see not futility, but hope in the message. In the grand plan of all things, this was expected in the eyes of God. Nothing surprises Him. Nothing sneaks up on Him.

There are cycles of boom and bust in everything but His constancy. There is nothing new to Him under the sun, as He created the sun and everything under it. For all is under Him.

We watch and we worry: economy, election, everything.

If we just turn to Jesus, we can watch and wait: His timing, His judgment, His righting the world.

The journey will be no less bumpy, we will get no less bruised along the way. But we can endure with a peace of heart and mind that otherwise is beyond our grasp if we are not with Him. He calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee. He is in our boat and can calm this weather too. No matter what, we will come through the storm.

But if nothing but Christ matters to us, it will not matter what we come through it with other than Him.


Laurie M. said...

We're suffering difficult financial times at the moment. Due the the real estate market decline, we have an asset we can't liquidate and are taking on water faster than we can bail. Yet this, too is all part of God's plan for us. It just goes to show, that even folks who are quite poor can still put their trust in worldly things rather than God. These times have a way of revealing that to us. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

Andy C said...

The world looks less certain than it did 9 months ago when I retired. My belief is that I am called to study now and then to some form of ministry.

I have faith that God will provide what i need to stay the course I have embarked upon.

Have that faith as well.