LIFE has become increasingly difficult for many since 2007-08, when the whole financial crisis began to unfold.
The austerity measures imposed by the Government are beginning to take their toll.
And so, as we look to the remainder of 2012 and beyond, following a very difficult 2011 for so many people in many ways, we find four very important reminders from God’s eternal word.
In Ps 62: vv 5-8: “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
“My salvation and my honour depend on God, he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Finding rest in God alone – we can look in all the wrong places for true rest when we become stressed, harassed and weary of the world and its ways.
Some find solace in ways that are not only unhelpful but will be harmful for their health in the long run.
Our loving heavenly Father is always waiting patiently to give us true rest amid the trials and troubles of life.
Matt 11:28, Jesus says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
In trusting in Jesus, we can and will know wonderful rest in the most difficult trials and general difficulties that are inevitable for everyone. For those who trust in Jesus, He has promised never to leave nor forsake us, no matter who or what we face.
Finding strength in God alone – as Christians, we travel through difficult terrain as we daily navigate our way through this world, on to our true home in heaven. This can leave us spiritually and emotionally drained.
It is at times like this that we must learn to draw our strength from The Lord.
Ps 18:32: “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
For those who have yet to trust in Jesus, this strength is available also from the moment that you do!
Finding Salvation in God alone – we live in a world (and a culture) where we have a pick and mix approach to religion and faith.
We have recently celebrated another Christmas, but stop to think for a moment – why do we celebrate it?
The simple truth is because Christianity is not a religion, but an offer of relationship with our Creator through His Son Jesus Christ the only Saviour.
Acts 4:12: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Finding total trust in God alone – recent years have seen many people having their basic trust in the pillars of society shaken, whether this be in the banking sector, stock markets, pension funds, etc.
Just before Christmas, the Prime Minister said something that has needed to be said for some time now: “We are a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so.”
Strange as it may seem, at the 2001 census, 72 per cent of the population claimed to be Christian, yet only about 10 per cent of the population manage to get to church on a regular basis!
The problem is that, for far too long, we have being trusting too much in ourselves and not enough in the only One who can be trusted totally.
Prov 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
So, whatever the remainder of 2012 may hold for us, let us look to The Lord our God for rest, for strength, for salvation in total trust.
Rev Peter Carr writes in the East Fife Mail.