Calm Assurance in Chaotic Times

17 07 2010

God wants you to “test” Him—to determine in your heart and mind whether or not He and His promises are real. He wants you to get off the spending merry-go-round. He even commands you to tithe to Him. Does He promise to make you a multi-millionaire? No. But He does promise to take care of your needs. What a wonderful promise!

Notice God’s challenge: “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:10–11).
We at I Love World Ministries challenge you to prove and test God by faithfully obeying His laws. He wants you to keep His seventh-day Sabbath, observe His annual Holy Days, be faithful to your spouse in marriage, reject idol worship, and speak the truth always. God’s way is a whole way of life (Acts 22:4)! And you will be blessed for it. As David wrote, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).
Of course, each of us needs to plan wisely, set aside for hard times, and work as faithfully and as diligently as we can. We must be careful to get good financial advice from those we can trust. But in the final analysis, we must be sure never to put our ultimate faith in human beings—ourselves or others around us. Rather, we must trust in God, who alone can deliver us from the dark days to come. As Jeremiah wrote, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7–8).
Jesus Christ challenges us to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20)—or, we might add, where the vagaries of the financial market evaporate assets like the morning mist. God wants to give us the abundant life if we will look to Him with trust and conviction. Now—of all times—is the time to put our trust in the One who provides all good things to all of humanity (James 1:17). Are you willing to test and prove God? Are you willing to see if what He says is true, and if what He commands is really what is best for you and your family?
The good news is that you can have the true good life, even in hard times. You can have financial security, peace of mind, a sense of purpose and achievement, even in turbulent, chaotic times. You can put your trust in God, and have the calm assurance that He will take care of you. As God said through the prophet Isaiah, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David” (Isaiah 55:1–3).
There are hard times coming. Bible prophecy shows that we are only at the beginning. Now is the time to get your financial house in order, and decide what you will really want. Money? Possessions? An endless cycle of acquiring and consuming? Or will you let the Great Recession drive you to your knees to forge a new and profound relationship with your Maker? Truly, that is the good life!

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