January 2nd 2009

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,

for he who promised is faithful”

Hebrews 10:23 NIV

Sometimes, world events can be so shocking and disturbing that we begin to question our faith.

Take the recent bail out of various banks in the western world. I am astounded that these mighty companies were brought to their knees. What does this mean for the future – for my career prospects, my mortgage and my retirement plan? Where is God in all of this?

One day, when the disciples were admiring the great architecture of the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus made a prophecy that greatly disturbed them. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down” (Matthew 24:2). The temple – the pride and joy of the Jews of that time, the heartbeat of their nation – would be destroyed?

Jesus went on to warn of other terrible events – not just for their benefit, but ours also. For Jesus does not want fear to lay hostage to our lives. God is in control – even if it doesn’t feel like it. Difficult times do come, but His purpose is not thwarted.

God will not let us down. When the time is right, Jesus will return, with “power and great glory” and his angels will “gather his elect from the four winds” (verses 30-31). No credit crisis, earthquake, war or other disaster will prevent this. Jesus will return for us – He has promised and nothing can stop Him from fulfilling that promise.

Prayer

Dear Father, I do find myself unsettled by the troubles of the world. However, you have demonstrated your faithfulness to us through your Son, Jesus. Fill my life with the hope that flows from trusting in him, casting out the fear that holds me back.

Amen.

Study by Ian Woodley

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