Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water


Citizens of the world, these are challenging times.  Everything that can be shaken is being shaken.  And, despite the efforts of powers to be, the shaking will continue:  nations of the world, governments, state and local agencies, business and employment, pensions and retirement, educational institutions are losing their funding, banking and financial institutions, housing and real estate, medical resources and food staples, insurance and reinsurance guarantees, even religions; and yes, families are shaking! It is more important than ever to sharpen your wits, become watchful to protect yourself and your household. 

Put your trust in God; and DON’T do anything foolish!  Think before you act, get counsel in your decisions, seek advice on every level and work at developing a sanctuary.  In the traditional sense, a sanctuary is a holy place: a church, a temple, a mosque, a spiritual haven.  In the broader sense of the word, it is a refuge, a safe haven from threats or persecution.  

In times such as these, give serious thought to both your spiritual and your physical safe havens – sanctuaries.  WHY, because now more than ever there are those lurking about to destroy you, your loved ones and steal your possessions.  In many respects the Christian Believer is much too vulnerable! Within the Body of Christ is the born again character of trust?  By the new nature [of the Christian character] of love, comes the overwhelming desire to love, befriend, trust and embrace . . . even the ungodly.  But remember, Satan and his angels appear as angels of light.  Do not take things for granted.  Matthew 10:16 counsels: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”  The world plots against you. Great injury occurs because of “false trust” leading to betrayal.  And betrayal can occur in a personal relationship, a family, an employment relationship, partnership, business, legal or a fiduciary relationship

Today, more than ever, greed and personal vengeance is a growing factor to contend with the shaking and the marketplace. Personal and financial loss is resulting in anger, distress, retaliation, protest, even rioting and demonstration.  The recent attacks and shooting of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, AZ is being touted as the result of anger, depression, mental illness or effect and perhaps a sense of abuse?  Occurrences are appearing at all levels of society; some obvious, others masked in deception.

Difficult as it is for honest, hard working citizens of the world to fathom, the lifeblood of the world economic systems is legal plunder.  The 19th Century economist, Frederic Bastiat, summed up the tendency toward economic plunder in this way: “There are two ways to acquire the niceties of life: 1) To produce them; or, 2) To plunder them.  When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

Has anyone ever felt taken advantage or victimized by “the system?”  Go ahead and say it, “It’s not fair!”  Craziness is expecting fairness out of a world system that knows no fairness, possesses no fairness . . . is incapable of fairness!  Turn to God: “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.”  – Psalm 73:10

In all things, God is your bridge over troubled waters . . .

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