The Psalmist says, “I have been young and I have been old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread.”
I have been thinking about my place in this financial crisis our nation is going through and will go through for some time. I first remind myself that the righteous have an Anchor in the midst of this crisis. Let us hold on to the words of the Psalmist while being awake, alert to do the things we are directed to do by divine guidance from the Holy Spirit. The Book of John tells us the Holy Spirit, among many other things, is a counselor to us. Yes, a financial counselor to us as well as all other activities in the dailiness of our lives. That is, if we invite Him to be.
I have come to believe it is a joy to wake-up in the morning and be a ‘friend to a friend.’ I want my best friend to be the Holy Spirit, don’t you? He is my mentor, teacher, counselor and comforter. He is my friend.
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). Our Lord knows our needs and how to provide for us. Again, holding on to the words of The Psalmist, “I have been young and I have been old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread.” I want to remain in the camp of the righteous and be given instructions and daily counsel in this hour of our nation’s crisis that affects our personal financial structure as well as globally. Even, I, as an individual has great hope that I can be helpful to myself, my family, community, nation and globally. For I am a part of the answer. John 3:16 (Contemporary English Version)”God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, (Jesus Christ) so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.”
“Debate offers Palin, Biden high risks, big rewards…McCain vs. Obama? Obama calls on Americans to support rescue plan…McCain says Obama policies will deepen recession…What rescue plan is needed? What changes needs to be made?”
My question is, will a few hundred men and women in Congress dictate the future of our nation and the world? I think not? We do have a personal counselor, a great mentor to advise us on our financial needs and demands. We need to remain centered as we walk by faith. “Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.” “Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor the left, turn your foot from evil.”( Proverbs 4:25-27)
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.(Psalm 37:23) I believe we should map our way with God’s Word and act as He directs our path. We dwell under the “Shadow of The Almighty” (Psalm 91) not under the shadow of our nation’s great financial crises.
My precious niece is located in Charlotte, NC employed with Wachovia. Her side of Wachovia was just sold. She says, ” there is no need to get alarmed as it will take months to work everything out. I am not opposed to moving to New York …if that’s where my job is relocated.” She is centered. She is not wandering aimlessly. She is wise and follows the map God has given us in His Word. We say with Paul, “I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. (I Corinthians 9:26 NLT)
What has your conversation sounded like today? Did you have answers for the can’t do’s with “We can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives us strength” (Philippians 4)