The events of the past few months should serve to impress upon us just how fragile our lives and economy can be. A rebellion in the Middle East causes the price of oil to soar and the impact ripples throughout the world economy. A tragic earthquake in Japan kills many, potentially triggers a nuclear meltdown and it ripples throughout the international economy. It all reminds me of truth written by James, the brother of Jesus:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-14 (NIV)
God’s children are not to live in fear. We are, though, called to live in constant awareness that this world is not our home and that we are simply “passing through”. God is our source and any efforts to place our confidence in things will result only in frustration and eventual failure. Psalm 46 tells us:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)
Rejoice today, because we do not have to live in fear. We serve a mighty God!