If there is a word that describes the world today it would be ‘Uncertainty”. Webster gives us some synonyms of it and they are revealing. Words like distrust, misdoubt, misgiving, mistrust, mistrustfulness, reservation, skepticism, suspicion and doubt give us the feeling that something is shaky at best. When I think of the situation in our world today these are the words that come to mind.
Recently we have seen the financial markets around the world go up and down and make us proverbially sick with the roller coaster ride. Many have removed their money from the stock markets and even a well known company “Lloyds of London” very recently removed their cash form the European banks for fear that they are about to go under. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-21/lloyd-s-of-london-posts-697-million-pound-loss-on-disasters-1-.html
Meanwhile, today while I am writing this post Greece teeters on the brink of default and at the same time the stocks are up in the European markets. HUH? It all seems uncertain to me. The last thing I do is listen to the politicians who claim to have the answers. Many of you feel the same way I am sure.
There is however, one main place I look for answers to the problems of the world and (you know what I’m going to say) that is the word of God. So many kingdoms have come and gone which felt they were invincible. Babylon, the greatest of all ancients kingdoms eventually was relegated to the dust heaps of the desert it was built upon. The Medo-Persian empire ruled with certainty until the Greeks came and took them away. The Greeks had it together until the Romans came and, well, you know where they are today. The Romans whose capital was Rome, Italy today are teetering as well on the edge of financial disaster.
Looking at all of this I have to say that one word describes the kingdoms of this world and the stability they project. “Uncertainty”. Yet there is a place where there is stability. I’m talking about a stability that has outlasted all of the kingdoms of this world. In the word of God we have literally hundreds of prophecies concerning the ways of this world and the specific plan of God in this world. To give you one example of the stability of Gods’ word I would like to turn your attention to the book of Zechariah. Written approximately 487BC Zechariah spoke of someone who would trust so much in money that he would buy out a friend for thirty pieces of silver. The prophecy reads like this:
Zechariah 11:12-13 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
This was fulfilled by men who cared nothing for the scriptures around 33AD. It reads like this.
Matthew 27:3-10 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.
Nowhere in this world will you find anything so certain as the word of God. No financial advice or predictions can revel or even come close to the accuracy of the holy scriptures. In a time when we try so hard to predict our financial future and cheerlead ourselves into prosperity (all the while the storm clouds are gathering) it’s time to look at an old book and some tried and tested ways for all men. The Bible declares plainly the future of this world.
1 John 2:16-17 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:…”
It also gives us insight into those who follow the word of God. “ but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
I would like to encourage all of you, my friends at Focus on Freedom to trust in the Lord and his holy word. It is the only thing that will stand the test of time. Jesus said it best in Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
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Here’s the scripture ready for today!
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
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