5 Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me-
6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
7 No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him-
8 the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough-
9 that he should live on forever and not see decay.
10 For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.
12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah
Isn’t God amazing? He continues to provide comfort in His Word for everything that we go through! We live in a society where its seems that the rich are getting richer, oil tycoons are prospering at the expense of most of us and the “average joe” can’t seem to catch a break – including Christians! But the Christian must always understand that our weapons are not carnal – that strongholds can be destroyed as we continue to serve God through our lives. The Psalmist says why should I fear when evil days come? We must understand that nothing takes God by surprise – everything that we experience has to go through His holy datebook before it can even happen to us! Those that put their faith and trust in their wealth and riches must understand that they can take no material gain with them when their lives come to an end – the scripture says that they will even have to leave them to someone else. The moral of the psalm is not that wealth and riches are bad in and of themselves – but we must understand that we cannot pledge our allegiance to money or material gain and that those who do will perish. If we put our trust in anything outside of Jesus Christ we are fated to eternity without Him!
Why then are Christians fearful of tough times? Yes, it can be tough for most, yes it can be hard – we might feel the financial crunch. But God! He is still the same yesterday, today and forever – He still provides for His children. He still loves His children. He will still never leave us nor forsake us! He will still honor His Word concerning us! He will still restore the years the locust have eaten! He will still provide a ram in the bush of our distress! He still hears us! He still answers prayer! He still makes intercession for us! He still has prepared a place for us! He still delivers! He still saves! He still protects! He’s STILL the same God!
I know it’s difficult my sister, but continue to pray for one another! There is someone doing worse than even you – pray for them, pray for the wicked, pray for the government, pray for the country, pray for the world – because regardless of what goes on down here – Jesus is still soon to return and He’s looking for a church without spot or wrinkle. Don’t be fearful…get ready!
c/Candie A. Price