Times Are Tough. Can I Panic Now? Part 3
James 4:17 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it
It has been some time since I have written about the events that have overwhelmed the world. During these tough times I have said that we should do three things. Pray, prepare, and pay. We should pray for God to use these tough times for his glory. We should pray for wisdom for the leaders making decisions that will affect our very lives. As times get tougher, we should also prepare ourselves. We see the crisis and prepare for it. My suggestion to everyone is to get out of debt and start saving,
This post will discuss the last item on my list. During tough times we should pay. What I mean by this is we should give to those who are victims of the crisis if at all possible. As you read this post there are many who are suffering, and God has blessed you so you can give to the hurting. If you can, give to the hurting. If you do not give God says we are sinning. Many in Japan are suffering as a result of the tsunami. Two groups that are having an impact are Franklin Graham’s organization Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision. God has blessed many of us financially, but he did not just bless us so we can hoard it, but to share it with others who need it. God gave us his son Jesus to bless us with restored fellowship with him and eternal life through his death and resurrection.
The world tells us: ” Get all you can, can all you get, then sit on the can.” God tells us in Luke 6: 37-38 Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38(BT) give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put(BU) into your lap. For(BV) with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Children of God, if you are blessed, and I am sure many of you are, then be a blessing. Give to Japan, give to the poor, give to those in need. It will make you feel better, and will help those who greatly need it.
Until next time,
give with a cheerful heart
pastor greg t.