November 26, 2008
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3
There are, I imagine, people who are so isolated that they remain unaware the world's economy is in a state of disorder.
Experts seem confused that companies and corporations that seemed unshakable are rocking.
At the same time, depression, discouragement, and doubt are on the rise.
This is precisely the time when our need for the Savior and His presence ought to be the most obvious.
This takes me to the story of Harriet Martineau, a 19th-century atheist. One day she and a friend stepped out into the glories of a beautiful fall morning. As Harriett saw the brilliant sun peaking through the haze, and the frost on the meadow, and the brightly colored leaves falling to the ground, she was awed by the beauty and commented, "I am so thankful. I'm just so grateful for it all."
Hearing the comment, her Christian friend asked, "Grateful to whom, my dear?"
Right now, people all around us are looking for a savior. I think it quite right and proper for Christians to suggest these searchers would do well to look to the Savior for hope and help.
He who gave Himself to win our salvation has also promised to be with us every day we live. He is there to listen, to help, to bring us through good times and bad, happy times and sad.
In this we agree with the Psalmist who rightly said, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Because of our loving Lord, we, too, can say, "we will not fear, even though the earth be shaking, and the mountains fall into the sea, and the stock market seems like a roller coaster, and our jobs and retirement funds seem shaky."
Because of the Lord of life, we need not be afraid. He remains in control. We can be grateful to Him.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, even though the world seems to be spinning out of control, we who know and trust the Savior are given a peace, which passes all human understanding. May we trust in Him and, whenever possible, help others trust Him as well. This prayer I offer up in the Name of Jesus in whom I place my trust. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries