A 7.1 magnitude earthquake this morning in Honduras caused buildings to collapse and sent people running. One Honduran gentleman, Raul Gonzalez, said, “I ran out of the building and kept going for about a block before I looked back and everything had calmed…It was really strong. I have never felt anything like that.” (My Way News, Freddy Cuevas, May 28, 2009)
These are extraordinary times. North Korea’s nuclear test and missile tests and threats against the US and South Korea; Iran claims that it can destroy Israel in 11 days; Israel considering preemptive strikes against Iran; economies of the world continuing to reel; 6.8 million without jobs in the US; threats of higher taxes; threats of higher gas prices; threats of hyper-inflation, and on and on.
It sometimes makes one want to join Mr. Gonzalez in running and running before looking back – hoping for some normalcy and hoping not to get crushed in the meantime.
The bad news we witness on the news and in our daily lives are simply evidence of a greater reality: the world is an unstable place to live. I realize that’s not a new revelation but my point is that the world in which we live has ALWAYS been an unstable place to live. Life is unpredictable at best. We humans strive for stability and predictability in life but those qualities are sometimes few and, certainly, far between.
These are extraordinary times requiring extraordinary faith in an extraordinary God.
I know, you may be saying, “But look at what I’m going through. I trusted God and He allowed this to happen in my life. What good does it do to trust?”
My question for you is, “will you trust the way you think life should be or will you trust the One who knows and understands all things about your life?” To trust God is to trust His Hand.
God is our foundation, our only firm foundation. It is absolutely necessary that we build our lives on Him and on His Word.
Jesus said, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7.24-27)
It has been pointed out that the hymns we sing are usually to or about God but the hymn, How Firm a Foundation, quotes God speaking to us. Please sing this familiar hymn and let the promises of God fill your heart with hope…
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.” (by John Keith)