Tuesday, September 30, 2008

God Has a Better Plan

Do we possess our possessions or do they possess us? Our society makes it easy to fall into the materialistic trap, but God has a better plan for us.

"Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:20-21

A good test of our priorities is to consider what we think about most of the time. Do we think about money -- not having enough -- striving for more -- finding there is never enough? Do we worry about what we will eat or drink or wear? Or do we think about loving God and others? Do we consider how we can reach out to others in need?

God doesn't want us to worry about anything . He knows what we need before we ask Him. But asking is part of our relationship with Him, part of our dependence on Him.

Yesterday, during stressful national economic woe when the stock market took a record dive, I was encouraged by God. It was as if He said, "Do not be afraid, I am here." It was similar to what Jesus said to Peter and the others during the storm on the Sea of Galilee. The media said the stock market fell 800 points but when I saw the actual numbers of -777, I felt that God was right here with us. Did you? It was an awesome experience. He will never leave us or forsake us, even during seemingly economic failure in our country.

I am encouraged to pray as never before. Lord, walk through this challenge with us. Give wisdom and discernment to our leaders and help them come to the right decision for our country and our world. Most of all, Lord, I pray for revival in our land, that our people will wake up to their desperate need for you.

Will you join with me in praying for our country, our world, and the coming vote? It is more vital than we could ever imagine.

1 comment:

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

Sue, these are unsettling times and times that require great strength and character--both in our leaders and in our selves. I am praying for our nation, too. I look forward to what God will do with this mess.

Thanks for your great post.