God’s people live in a world full of trouble. Eliphaz warned Job about it in Job 5:7 and Job talked about it in Job 14:1 In fact the whole book of Job is the story of the troubles Job faced and how God ultimately delivered him.
In II Corinthians 4:7-10 Paul writes about the troubles that he experienced wherever he went. Why did God allow Paul’s troubles and why does He allow it in our lives today? That Christ be manifest in his life and our lives also so we can be a blessing to others.
Jesus, in His final hours with His disciples, warned them in John 14 of the trouble they would face and encouraged them that through His Holy Spirit whom He would send them, they would experience His continual peace in the midst of troubling circumstances.
We are living in a time of extreme crises and fears. Though our economy was booming for most of the past eight years, it has been on the brink of collapse since 2006. Our stock markets have tanked and there’s been gridlock in Congress. Our sworn enemies are gaining nuclear capabilities. Crime, corruption and inflation are out of control. Prices are skyrocketing as our dollar plummets in value. We are facing one of the most sobering, crucial elections in our nation’s history and always we live under the threat of terrorist attacks. Humanly speaking, there is little to comfort us and give us a sense of security today.
We need to pray for our President as he completes his final days of office! How he has aged these past eight years as he has dealt with world-shaking problems and been viciously maligned and attacked by his enemies who attack his character as snarling, vicious dogs! How we thank God for our Commander and Chief and his generals and the courageous troops who have gained victory in Iraq and are helping this struggling nation to its feet.
And now we wait to see the direction our nation will take in November. This is a time for Christians to sit still and rest and mediate on God’s Word. Most of you know Psalm 23. I encourage you to turn off your television for awhile each day and sit down with David in green pastures as he plays his harp. Listen to him, a man after God’s own heart, as he shares inspired truth in the Psalms. In the light of the coming election, let’s look at Psalm 46 together.
The present, practical fulfillment of His will in our lives Psalm 46:1-3
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”
Did you hear what he said? God is our refuge and strength right now when we need Him. Psalm 118:24 reminds us that THIS is the day that the Lord has made. For that, we have reason to rejoice. He is presently bringing His will for our nation to pass. Whether we are about to be judged for our sins or to be blessed a little longer in order to be a blessing to the world; it’s all in His hands.
Therefore, we Christians need not fear nor be upset by the circumstances. “Our times are in His hands.” Psalm 31:15 His will for our nation and for us as Christians is being worked out even now in these days of noise and confusion. That word Selah in Psalm 46:3, 7 and 11 tell us to sit quietly and reflect on what He is telling us.
The future prophetic fulfillment of His will Psalm 46:4-9
Though these words refer to Christ’s second coming and His Millennial reign, they are just as practical and applicable to us now as the first three verses.
Verse 4 speaks of a river that flows from the city of God, Jerusalem, and brings prosperity and gladness to us now as it will to the world one day. You can read in Zechariah 14;8-9 of the living water that will flow from Jerusalem to a world waiting for the refreshment and blessing of God.
That chapter begins with the return of Christ and His feet once again touching the Mount of Olives. Zechariah14:4 That will be a literal fulfillment of the angel’s message to the disciples at the ascension of Jesus back to Heaven, as it is recorded in Acts 1:11-12. This coming of Christ takes place at the end of the Tribulation when Jesus returns to begin his Millennial reign from Jerusalem.
The secret rapture of His saints to Heaven takes place seven years earlier. In that coming His feet do not touch the Mount of Olives. Rather He meets us in the air in our raptured, glorified bodies. You can read much more on this in my series on Prophecy in this HIDDEN TREASURES web site.
Note also in Psalm 46:4-5 that it speaks of God being in the midst of the tabernacles of the Most High. Who are the tabernacles of the Most High? We Christians are. Read about it in I Corinthians 6:19-20. We Christians are His holy temples. His Spirit lives in each of us and He desires to control and bless us.
Psalm 46:6 speaks of the heathen raging against Christ and those who belong to Him. Those of us who stand for Christ have felt that rage and hatred repeatedly through our lives. Many Christian in the past and even now around the world are feeling the rage and persecution and facing martyrdom from the hands of those who hate Jesus.
The Psalm concludes with the encouraging truth that God is with us in these times of stress. So don’t be upset and troubled over the world situation. In Psalm 46:10-11 God reminds us that He is in control and that He is going to be exalted. May He be exalted right now in our lives as Christians.
What is the most wonderful day of your life? Was it a never-to-be-forgotten day in your past? Was it your wedding day? Was it when the children were small and still living at home? Was it the day you put your trust in Christ as Saviour and Lord? As we grow older; we relish our happy memories and tend to want to live in the past.
If you are still young, perhaps you look forward to a wonderful day in your future. Perhaps your graduation from high school or the day you get your driver’s license or the day you get married or have a baby. If you are a Christian, you look forward to the day you meet Christ. Of course, that will be a wonderful day; but when that happens, we will no longer be in the realm of time, but in eternity.
No, the most wonderul day of your life on this earth is not a day in your past nor a day in your future. The most wonderful day of your life is TODAY. When you grasp this, it will be a life-changing paradigm for you. Listen to the Psalmist sing about it in Psalm 118:23 “This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
One of a Kind
Long before you were born, over a period of many years God began bringing billions of minute circumstances together to create this day for you. No one ever designed any work of art more intricately and more beautifully than the life God designed for you. Your family background, your families’ financial situation, your home and possessions, your genetic structure with your strengths and weaknesses, your skills and abilities, your IQ, your talents, your educational background, every teacher you ever had, the testings and trials you’ve been through, your geographic location, the age in which you live, your friends and acquaintances, even your enemies; the opportunity to own your own Bible and be able to read it, your opportunity to hear the Gospel and be saved, your opportunity to be in a church where the Bible is preached, your willingness and desire to come to this web site and read these articles; all these God has brought together for your good. to bring you to this day of your life, TODAY! Romans 8:28
Thank God it’s Friday?
The key to how you regard the day is up to you. You can be optimistic ands rejoice or you cn be pessimistic and complain. You can pine for the past and be miserable today because this day does not measure up to your memories of the past; or you can go through life always wishing and waiting for wonderful things to happen to you in the future and you can go on wishing for tomorrow until you die. Many people go through life just waiting for tomorrow, just waiting for their ship to come in, just waiting for happiness and success to come their way. They are never satisifed with today. They suffer throught their week, working at a job they hate. The one thing they live for is summed up in that popular phrase, “Thank God, it’s Friday!” What a terrible way to live life; waiting for Friday, waiting for the weekend, waiting for vacation and ultimately waiting for retirement. How vain and empty is such a life!
Why is today so wonderful?
Because Jesus rose from the dead. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, we Christians are of all people most miserable. I Corinthians 15:9 Thank God, Jesus did die and rise from the dead. Because He rose, we who have put our trust in Jesus to save us, have also been raised with Him to walk a new life. Romans 6:4 One day we will rise bodily and be changed into His very likeness. Philippians 3:20-21 His resurrection guarantees all this. I Corinthians 15:20 Because of this blessed hope we can sing with great joy and satisfaction, “This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoce and be glad in it.”