Recently a banker told me that our current financial crisis is the worst he’s seen in his lifetime.
A man in our church recently watched his investments plummet $20,000. Another mentioned that retirement had been on his radar screen, but now it seems to have sunk into the horizon.
When billionaire Warren Buffet feels his blood pressure rising or his nerves on edge, he calms himself by looking at snapshots of his family or playing a game of bridge with his friends. (The Intelligent Investor, Oct 18, 2008)
Husband: Honey, we’ve lost everything. My retirement’s gone, and our investments are down the toilet.
Wife: Here, dear, why don’t you look at some photos of your grandchildren?
Husband: Ahh, my grandchildren….Arghhhh! They’re doomed! I got nothin’ for them! They’ll be forced to work in sweat shops and stand in bread lines!
Whether it be our finances, a wayward teen, health challenges, or anything else that tempts us to fear, God’s Word has a much better solution than playing bridge or looking at photos:
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. (IS 26.3-4)
To keep the mind stayed on God is to anchor our thoughts on God’s character and promises, to continually look to him, pray to him, and hope in him. One way to set our minds on God is to worship him for his attributes. For example, “Lord, I praise you, that you are all powerful – you can meet my needs. You are unchanging in your faithfulness, mercy and steadfast love. And even in this trial, you have compassion on me as a father on his children.”
We must keep our eyes on Christ, not our circumstances:
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” (MT 14.28-30)
As long as Peter kept his eyes fastened on Jesus, he was able to walk on water. But when he shifted his eyes from Jesus to the wind, he began to sink.
If we’re always checking the market, the polls, or the paper more than our bibles, we’ll sink. You’ll never hear a newscaster say, “The Dow Jones dipped 700 points today, but don’t worry, God’s in control!” Or, “We’re on the verge of a world-wide depression, but don’t fear, God feeds the sparrows; surely he’ll care for us.”
So rivet your eyes on Christ and He will guard your heart with his peace that surpasses understanding.
photo by paulperton