In the wake of the past few weeks' stock market frenzy, our pastor had this to say in his weekly comments in our bulletin:
"This has been a rough financial week. I have even heard people using the word 'crash' in reference to Wall Street. They do so timidly, fearful of sparking a panic, but there is no denying the reality.
Personally, I don't think we'll see much of a rebound until after the election. Even then, a resurgence will likely depend on which candidate gains the Presidency.
As believers in Christ we are not insulated from these disasters. However, we do have a Rock, a Foundation which will never fail. Tough economic times call for greater reliance on the Lord. Thankfully, fluctuations in the stock market or the political landscape have no impact on the resources which are ours in Christ.
The Apostle Paul wrote to Pastor Timothy and said: 'Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17)
One of those riches is salvation itself, which Paul spoke of in his letter to the Ephesian saints: In Him (Christ Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us (Eph. 1:7-8a)
Then in the next chapter he assures us that the vast wealth of his grace will never diminish for all eternity: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:4-7)"
As that great hymn so eloquently put it, "on Christ the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand....all other ground is sinking sand...." Amen!