This past week created perhaps a slight cause for some to worry. As we watch several of our nation’s largest financial institutions struggle to stay afloat, it’s easy to become concerned about the future. I want to encourage you today to allow this to be an opportunity to trust God with your future. This is also a time of teaching our kids to seek God’s help instead of being consumed with worry and fear of the unknown. Certainly there are lessons to be learned about financial responsibility, prudence and wisdom as well.
We want to teach our kids to live wisely and responsibly, and most importantly we want to teach them to continue to find strength and hope in the Lord during both good times and bad.
A good passage to reflect this week comes from the Old Testament prophet named Habakkuk:
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.”
Notice that although the prophet described a dismal and bleak picture he summed it up by saying “Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord.” How can he rejoice in the Lord? Because his strength came from God who gave him the surefootedness he needed to scale the difficult mountains ahead. Habakkuk didn’t ignore the challenges, YET he said despite the challenges he would look to God for strength.
Whenever we face difficult times let’s remember to say, “Yet, the Lord will be my strength!” We aren’t promised a perfect life, but we are promised that as we turn to God He will be our strength