"Economic Crisis And Faith"
October 9, 2009
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He (Jesus) gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. Mark 6:41
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
People around the world are concerned about their countries' economies. They are worried about employment loss and having sufficient income to keep their homes or to purchase the necessities of life. Unfortunately, we can concentrate on these problems so much we forget Jesus' promise that God will not give us burdens heavier than we can handle. God tells us to pray without ceasing. In His kindness, our Heavenly Father allows us to come to Him with our problems through prayer, but we do not always communicate with Him as we should.
The Lord tells us to imitate the birds of the air. They neither worry about the cares of tomorrow or where their food will come from. Yet, the Lord provides for them. And He has promised to take even better care of us.
As we go to Him in faith and trust in Him to care for us, He calms our fears and helps us face our problems and concerns with the assurance that, with God, nothing is impossible. If God did not spare His only Son but offered Him as a sacrifice to win our eternal redemption, surely He will generously provide for our every need here on earth.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, be our guide in this difficult time. We leave our problems in Your hands and trust that the afflictions of this present age are nothing compared with the glory of paradise You have promised us. We glorify Your Name through Your dear Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Biography of Author:
Citia Karina, a volunteer with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Nicaragua, wrote this devotion. As an elementary school teacher, she is active in teaching the Bible to children and young people. In Nicaragua, LHM works with Project JOEL, radio ministry outreach, Equipping the Saints (ETS), and Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC).
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries