Markets surprised by British voters’ stunning vote to exit the European Union and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s sudden announcement that he would step down sent global markets plunging with the British Pound at a 31-year low. The Brexit vote shocked investors who were counting on early polls that supported remaining in the EU.
As I’ve read the experts conflicting forecasts of the potential impact, I keep returning to several Biblical truths that should be the foundation of our thinking in any global crisis.
God is in control. “EVERYTHING in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of EVERYTHING” (1 Chronicles 29:11). The markets may have been surprised by the vote, but the Lord knew exactly what would happen because He ultimately orchestrated it.
Compared to God nations are powerless. Isaiah 40:15-16 tells us how God views even major nations. “The nations are like a drop in a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales . . . all the nations are as NOTHING before the Lord, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.”
Let that sink in for a minute. When the Lord evaluates the world’s most powerful nations, He compares them to a drop from a bucket or speck of dust. Acts 17:26 makes it clear who is in complete control of countries. It says, “The Lord . . . . scattered the nations across the face of the earth. He decided beforehand which should RISE and FALL and WHEN. He determined their boundaries.”
Investments are uncertain. In 1 Timothy 6:17, these words are written, “Instruct those who are rich in this present age not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the UNCERTAINTY of riches, but only on God.”
During any financial crisis, it is a reminder that we should be faithful stewards of whatever the Lord entrusts to us, by being generous, consistently saving and getting out of debt.
Warmly in Christ,
March 11, 2011, started out like most other uneventful days along Japan’s northeastern shore, until a magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a massive tsunami that left more than 28,000 people missing or dead.
Surprisingly, there were a handful of villages unscathed because they heeded the warnings of ancient “Tsunami Stones.” Some of the stones are almost 10 feet high and bear the carved warning, “Do not build your home below this point.” A few are more than 500 years old and hundreds were erected along the coast to warn future generations of past devastating tsunamis.
In our time, most Japanese living along the coast ignored these ancient stones left by their ancestors. Instead, they built close to the ocean choosing to trust in modern seawalls and sophisticated technology to protect them.
We are faced with an eerily similar situation in our country with our finances. Jeremiah 6:16 warns us, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you have said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
God’s word—the good ancient path—discourages the use of debt. Romans 13:8 says, “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another.” And Proverbs 22:7 adds, “The borrower is slave to the lender.” Our government, many businesses and individuals consider this kind of thinking old fashion and no longer applicable in a sophisticated country that owes $18 trillion of Federal debt and has increased this debt an average of $2.31 billion a day since 2012.
But for each of us, the question we have to answer is simple. Who I am going to trust—God’s eternal word or the invention of today’s economists and politicians? I believe your financial future rests on your answer.
Warmly in Christ,
The past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions for my wife, Bev, and me: surprise, concern, tenderness, and faith.
A quick review. In August 2012, Bev was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a double mastectomy was performed. Six months later we discovered that the cancer had spread to her bones, and she experienced excruciating pain a year. Thankfully, seven months ago the cancer went into remission, and she has been largely been pain-free.
Last Monday during a visit to her oncologist, they discovered that the markers in her blood work were elevated – really elevated! This indicates that the cancer could be out of remission. She has a full body scan scheduled for the 10th and a CAT scan on the 14th.
We thank the Lord Jesus Christ that He has proven His consistent, faithful love and care for our family for more than four decades. We love the Lord’s precious promises in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.” We also know that He is able to do anything, As Jeremiah said, “Nothing is too difficult for Thee.” And our God is in complete control of this challenge, “We adore you has being in control of everything” (1 Chronicles 29:11).
I want to thank the many of you’ve prayed for Bev during her journey with cancer. We would be incredibly grateful if you join us in specifically praying that (1) the cancer has not spread, and (2) that the Great Physician would heal her completely.
During this Christmas season, may we all appreciate the time with our family and friends, and focus on Jesus Christ – Emanuel – God who lives in us!
One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Chronicles 29:11, which says in part, “We adore you [Lord] as being in control of everything.” And the times we need to recognize His control most is when something unexpectedly happens that messes up our plans.
Ed is a close friend, godly man and avid runner. He participated in the Boston Marathon a few weeks ago and was on track to finish at the same time the bombs were detonated.
Only a few minutes from the finish line, suddenly he was hit on the head, face and chest with a LARGE bowel movement from a bird flying overhead. Most regular runners have experience being hit with a just a little white “bird poop”, but this was giant! So much so, that Ed was stunned and stopped. An onlooker rushed over and Continue reading God Is In Control