How to be Secure in a Storm

 

The Financial Tsunami rolled across the whole world, collapsing banks, insurance companies and security brokerages with many decades of history, and even confronting some countries with economic disintegration. This financial storm of the century not only generated precipitous drops in share prices at the world’s stock exchanges, but also produced major disruptions to the normal operation and development of commercial enterprises of every size and nature. Financial experts are predicting that the whole world will slip into a period of economic depression. If so, we will soon face slowdowns in every trade, rises in the jobless rate, huge spikes in consumer prices, higher gasoline prices, stagnant real estate markets, and food shortages etc. Because of shrinkage in the economy and the uncertain outlook, many people will feel fearful and worried.

 

This writer believes that the Financial Tsunami will have a pronounced effect on everyone. Through the words of God, I hope to bring you some comfort and encouragement in Christ. First, please read the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, verses 13-34. The teaching of the Lord can be summarized into the following 3 points:

 

1.      Do not desire the world, but put our hope on eternal life. "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." (v. 15) Jesus directly exposed the inner mind of the man who wanted to share his brother’s inheritance. He hadn’t been bullied, or faced unjust or unrighteous treatment. It was just because he harboured greedy thoughts and was ignorant about the meaning of life. The rich man in the parable wasn’t lazy. He knew well how to plan and invest, how to prepare for the future, and how to enjoy life. Yet all that he had done was for this life only. The dense rich man was witless about the difference between body and spirit, the meaning and value of life, who has authority over life, and where he would go after death etc. By the mercy of God, we have received eternal life. We should not be like this ignorant rich man and toil only for the world and the flesh. In fact there is just a thin line between investing to preserve value and lust for wealth. When share prices tumble, the real motivation in people’s hearts are exposed.

 

2.      Do not worry about our daily needs, but remember firmly that we are the children of our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ said that we are more valuable than birds (v. 24), and more long-lived than the grass of the field (v. 28).  “You Father knows that you need (all such things)” (v. 30). He reminds us that our All-knowing Father is well aware of the daily necessities of our lives. The faithful and loving Father in Heaven will not forget us. He will take care of us, protect us, and provide us with what we require. We will sometimes forget God, but God will never forget us. "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Isaiah 49:15). We should not worry about life’s necessities, and worrying will not help solve any problems (v.25). Just believe and rely on the promise of God.

 

3.      Do not be fearful of meagerness, feebleness and difficult circumstances, but seek to take hold of and manifest Christ throughout our lives. “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (v. 31-32) The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the ruler of the Heavenly Kingdom. To pray for the coming of His kingdom is to hope that more people will receive the Son of God into their hearts. To pray for the manifestation of His kingdom is to hope that more people will accept the authority of Christ. If we obey the Lord more, we will experience Him more. If we experience Him more, we will know more of His substance, bounty, protection and providence. Jesus Christ is the Lord of all creation. We need not be afraid.

 

Jesus Christ promised us, who have little faith, saying, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 

By Daniel To