Last week I attended a business convention known for its “deal-making” environment; however, I found little deal-making conversation going on, much less actual deal-making! Instead the atmosphere was thick with uncertainty and negativity. People were constantly checking their PDAs to see how far the Dow had dropped since the last time they checked (about 10 minutes earlier). It was obvious by many of my conversations that people were deeply troubled about the future. No doubt, these are challenging days. Not only do we find our nation in a major economic crisis, but the entire global economy has been shaken.
What are Christians supposed to think about this crisis? How are followers of Jesus supposed to respond? There is a verse in Psalm 29:10 that can be easily overlooked, but is critical to remember in times like these. Simply stated, “The Lord sat as King at the flood; yes, the Lord sits as King forever.” Imagine the global panic during the greatest flood in human history. Even those whom God protected inside the boat experienced great chaos; yet, the Lord was totally in charge during that monumental event. While it appeared that God’s plan for creation had failed, a full reading of Scripture proves that His inexplicable plans for humankind cannot be frustrated. Even Job-who may have suffered more than any other human being-recorded these words: “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (42:2). Just as He was actively ruling the Universe then, God is actively, justly at work in this chapter of American economic history.
So, why does knowing that God is still sitting on His throne encourage us when our jobs and investments seem in peril? Because we can have confidence in the character of the One who has always been and is today sustaining the Universe. Some of you have been under the authority of an unethical or greedy leader whose character cannot be trusted to be principled or honorable. Conversely, God is righteous in all of His judgments (Deuteronomy 32:4). He is rich in mercy, because of His great love (Ephesians 2:4). He has provided a way to reconcile us-and all nations-to Himself through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:2). His plans are unshakeable because He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Even when we doubt the decisions of our elected officials, or when the so-called “experts” seem confused, our earnest prayers and pleas should revolve around our confidence in Whom we are praying to versus what we are praying for. Because God is sitting on His throne today, you can have full confidence that all of His promises are completely reliable. This is where I would point you today. Meditate on and cling to those hundreds of assurances for believers. If you need a running start here are a few: God will be with you and go ahead of you (Deut. 31:8; Matthew 28:20). God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:1-10). God strongly supports those whose heart is completely His (2 Chronicles 16:9a).