Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, October 26, 2021

God's Got Us


When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”  This was an African proverb noted in the March 26, 1936, New York Times.  The meaning was that the weak get hurt in conflicts between the powerful. According to Kim Porter in the Sept. 17, 2021, Bankrate website, as of September 2021, total consumer debt is at $14.96 trillion while individual debt is over ninety thousand dollars.  The President and most Democrats are struggling to provide trillions of dollars of benefits with others who would like to provide considerably less. They negotiate while the country waits.


However, those who love the Lord do not have to wait to find out if they will prosper when the fighting stops.  Everything in the earth belongs to God, our Father (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10). He promised that we will not want for anything (Psalm 23:1).  Because of His unmerited favor toward us, Jesus became poor so that we could be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  The God of the universe assured us that He would protect those who love Him (Psalm 145:20).  He wants us to prosper and be in health (3 John 2).


We can look to Jesus who began and matures our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  God wants us to be confident in Him knowing that if we trust in Him, we will triumphantly complete whatever purpose that we have (Philippians 1:6).  We can build our hopes on eternal things (2 Corinthians 4:18).  God's got us.


Psalm 24:1

New International Version

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;


Psalm 50:10 

New International Version

10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills


2 Corinthians 8:9

New International Version

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.


Psalm 145:20 

New International Version

20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.


3 John 2

New King James Version

2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.


Hebrews 12:2 

New International Version

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Philippians 1:6

New International Version

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.


2 Corinthians 4:18 

New International Version

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.







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