We live in stormy times. There’s a 700 billion dollar bail out because of all the mortgage failures, Lehman Brothers Investments goes under; gas prices up $4 a gallon then drop back to $2 just as quickly. Stormy times. God wants to bring peace to the storms in our lives. God wants us to have peace in the midst of the storms.
In Mark 4:35-41 the disciples launch out at Jesus’ request. While on the journey He told them to go on they encounter a fierce storm. The boat looks like it’s in danger of breaking up or at least filling up with waves. What’s Jesus doing?
v38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
Sleeping?! The disciples cried out, “Don’t you care?” Sometimes when we go through trials it seems like Jesus is asleep. We call out but seemingly get no response. When Jesus finally woke and calmed the storm He has a stern rebuke for His followers.
v40 Then He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
We must respond in faith knowing that God is still in the boat with us and not be swayed by the economic news we hear. Fear is not from God (2 Tim 1:7) and God’s Kingdom is not subject to the world’s economy. God is recession proof!
So in these troubled times do what the Bible says, put the kingdom first (Matt 6:33), especially don’t compromise on tithing, and be a good steward of the remaining 90%.
For example: This Black Friday was predicted to be low because of the poor economy yet spending was up 18.7% over last year! [AP News] Where’d that $ come from? Well, maybe the economy isn’t as bad as they say but most likely it was people buying on credit.
Stay out of debt this Christmas (Proverbs 22:7). When the bills come due in January you’ll be glad you did. Financial Peace lasts alot longer than any present.