What happens to us is not as important as our response to it. Do it all for the Glory of God.
"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete." - 2Corinthians 10:5,6
This is becoming another difficult year in the city where I live.
Another major employer just layed off another 250 employees and there are rumors of more lay-offs and business failures.
The city itself is facing some serious budget shortfalls and there is talk of seeking a tax increase.
Over the last few years there has been a rash of gang killings which has sent a chill over even traveling in certain parts of the town. City officals are often quoted or heard in news stories as asking us to pray for the city. There have even been a number of prayer vigils and gatherings of religious leaders.
It is a sad commentary that we only seek God to bless us in times of trouble. Maybe that is one of the answers to the ever asked question of why God allows bad things to happen - perhaps it is because He is sought in the 'bad' times.
In the stores the red, white & blue is out in a flourish. It seems like every other car has a sticker that says "God Bless America", but America continues to refuse to bless God, to honor Him, to thank Him. Now I am not advocating creating a 'Christian' nation. I am not sure what that would even look like (though I would think heaven would be such a nation, one nation, under God as we bow before His Majesty).
What I am advocating is that we believers need to recognize that God is more important than patriotism or ideology or philosophy. That our purpose is to give God another conduit to show His glory, and how much more glorious is He, then when a sinner is saved through His blood!
We need to focus less on our 401K and more on how we are to show Him, glorified through us, no matter what the situation.