The Stability of Our Times
During my daily bible reading, I came across a little nugget I couldn’t wait to share with you.
In light of 700 Billion Bailouts and executives profiting from the ruination of a nation – and lo, even a world – it is tempting to develop a fatalistic outlook where our own futures our concerned. As Luke and I have watched our tiny nest egg shrivel to a nest shell, I have been guilty of a little anxiety over the economic crisis we are all facing. If we decide to buy a home one day instead of living in a parsonage, will that even be a possibility considering the hoops banks will now require we jump through to secure financing? Will we be able to buy a vehicle when the Suburban finally breathes her last? I don’t know. I’m a financial market dummy so I really don’t have a clear understanding on how all of this mess affects our day-to-day lives except for the fact our latest retirement statement made me shriek out loud.
We don’t have much, girls, but what we do have? Let’s just say I counted on keeping it. It’s baffling to me to think that the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth on Wall Street has the power to ripple through Small Town, USA. That someone not paying their mortgage in Hoboken, or St. Louis, or Los Angeles could somehow affect our personal savings. Truly, did anyone have any idea? Do we even know how we got to this place?
So now for the nugget. Hear with me the words of Isaiah 33:5-6, “The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and He will be the stability of your times. Abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge, and fear of the Lord is Zion’s Treasure.”
He will be the stability of your times. Oh my goodness, you have no idea what those words do to me! Our God does not tremble nor does He move. He’s still up there, on His throne, guarding treasure for each of His beloved children. Indeed, He Himself is our very great reward. We were never called to accumulate an abundance of stuff, but an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. We are not to fear the earthquakes rocking Wall Street, but our Lord who is the bedrock of our very souls.
There is no need to lament the times. Jesus said it would be like this. Even though these concerns have tickled the edge of my prayers, I haven’t come right out and asked God to !fix this God please fix this! because I’m a girl who believes there are consequences to godlessness and in these last days, those consequences will affect the godly with the ungodly. I word my prayers instead with “thy will be done” and “teach me not to worry about my temporal life”. Instead of dreading the headlines, let’s welcome them as the mother whose birth pains signal her child is near. Christ is coming and I can’t wait.
Even if we are stripped of every material thing, even if we lose our very lives, eternity waits. Our retirements may be dwindling but our inheritance remains secure.
Now, smile. We’ve got nothing to lose.
That is so good!! Love it!!!
What a great post and perspective on our world today.
Be Blessed, Cindy
Great, great words of wisdom, my friend. Folks who think the Old Testament isn't relavent to today haven't read Daniel, Isaiah, I & II Kings. What a wondrous reassurance that God has such a bigger plan and He is not one bit anxious about all this. Preach on, sister!
Great Word. Thanks, girlfriend!
I needed to hear that!
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Matthew 6:20
Oh friend…SUCH words of truth and balm to a weary nation.
There is a free movie clip download on Worshiphouse Media, that puts this into great perspective. I posted it last week, but everyone might want to have this for their own use:
Thanks for sharing these powerful words today,
Thanks for the Word this morning. I have not been anxious until I, too, received my retirement statement and about passed out. I again went into scripture going through my mind to ease it. I also awoke at 2AM with the 23rd Psalm. God is in control. And wisdom is better than worry.
Thanks too for your comment about my kids. I agree the babies are great! And Amber has to stay. Continue to pray for Brandon.
Wow! So good! What a comfort the TRUTH is!
Awesome post Lisa.. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Love you girl.
Thanks for the post! There are so many that are dwelling on the unknowns and this is a perfect scripture to share with them.
Thanks again for sharing your nugget with us!
Amen to those words! We shouldn’t worry about our future because HE has it in HIS hands. “Christ is coming and I can’t wait!” ME EITHER GIRLFRIEND!! Thanks for a great post! Love You!
HE WILL BE THE STABILITY OF YOUR TIMES.
How true. Nothing else is stable, but that ‘rock’ is. And He invites us to lean on Him.
I recently wrote that I am learning to say, and mean it, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”
Thanks for your reminder this morning of where we are to put our trust and confidence.
Thank you so much for that. My hubby is self employed, so we are nervous ALL THE TIME about our futures. I can not wait for him to get home, so I can share this with him.
I so enjoy reading your blog/thoughts each time.
I am soon to start your Bible study/devotional.
Lisa I couldn’t agree more! We haven’t even been able to bring ourselves to look at our statement, but I keep reminding myself that God is in control of my present and future! I need fear no harm, for he will be with us! Thanks for the verse! I love how God’s word speaks to every situation!
Thank you for this word today, Lisa! I love what Job 11:18 tell us- “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” We have hope because we know wherein our hope resides! We can take our rest in the safety of our God who never sleeps nor slumbers!
Amy in OK
Amen to this sweet friend! SO true.
Awesome, Lisa. I gave you some linky love on this one!
Wonderful post!!! Thank you!
A good word in due season.
Encouraging reminder–thank you!
Your post really struck me today. You are not alone in the worries of today. Looking from God’s perspective, what a release from the bondage of stress and anxiety!
What an awesome post, Lisa. I hope you don’t mind if I share it with my mom. She worries over everything.
Your words here echo how I feel in my heart. Bless you!!!
Preach it, sister.
I’ve been struck by the same thought again and again this week. God is in control. He will provide. That money in the bank was nothing more than a false god that represented false security. Better to keep my hope in the One who doesn’t fail.
My God has plans to prosper me – I may not know exactly what awesome things that might mean but I do know that it’s better than my savings account! blessings, marlene
Lisa, I came over from Beth’s blog. “The stability for our times” — what a great word! Glad to have found your site :)
could not agree more it has
hit home I feel the pinch our nest has gone down too and it scares me but I have to remeind myself to hold on to what is ture and faithful, marina
Sweet Lisa!! I miss you!! Also, I had to pray this morning that God would set my eyes on things above and not things on this earth. I would like for Him to at least let me wear some of my cute clothes while I am on this earth…lol.
Wow! What a totally awesome way to look at this situation! “He will be the stability of your times.” That jumped out at me before I even got to your writings on it! Thank you so much for sharing! Love ya!
Reassurance from God’s Word is our sustenance! I love this! Thanks for sharing!
Our inheritance is waiting for us! I’m also reminded of Matt 6:23…Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink…I can’t think of how people do this life without the Hope that we have.
A great word for us…thanks.
That is good. Our security should be in God alone. He will provide for his children through the darkest of times in this nation, He will provide for His children, period.
What a great reminder. We are truly SO BLESSED. God has done so much for me…
You couldn’t have said it any better – “We’ve got nothing to lose.”
Good to read a spiritual application from you. We all need to remember the truth of His word
What a fabulous nugget and timely message! Thank you so much for writing this.
Amen, and again I say amen! This too shall pass. God is still on His throne and he knew about this long ago.
Oh how I needed this! Prompted me to open my Bible and read it for myself–I loved verse 2 in the NIV-“O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”
I also loved how the end of verse 6 is worded in the NIV–“the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.” If you read further down in the chapter the Lord says “Now I will arise, now I will be exalted.” It’s like he’s saying, “I have to crush you before you can see my glory.” Good stuff, thank you so much!
Oh yes ma’am! Our hope is surely in heaven!
This world is not our home…and I long for my Lord to come.
Jesus, come quickly!
One of my favorite blog posts as of late. Well said. Well lived.
Yes, yes, yes… preach it sister. Great insight. Great post.
Top 10 Predictions No Matter what is going on in the world…
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.
We can so count on Him! Great blog!
Nine years ago, life as I knew it came to an end. I wrote this chorus when I retreated to the piano at church after some devastating news.
I love worship you
Worship at your feet Lord
Bow down to Your Name
And tell You that I love You
If the seas would turn to dust
And all time would pass away
I’d still be at your feet
Worshipping you Lord
God will never leave us nor forsake us.
This post was such a blessing to me. THANK YOU!!