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Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday's Freelance: FREE FALL, Part I

Even a dispassionate observer has to wonder what the end of the stock market's free fall will look like.

The present scenario might be likened to a flash flood, with torrential water pouring down a hill. The ground slowly erodes. Then perhaps a section of ground collapses which takes part of a house with it. Sometimes an entire house crashes into rubble swept away with the flood.

God already knows how bad this storm will be, and whether it will bring about erosion, collapse, or complete destruction. Jesus forewarned of the house built on sand, "great was its fall" when a storm beat upon it.

Jesus also pointed out that the house to weather the storm is the one built on rock. For those who have built their lives on the Rock of Christ, this storm may bring problems, but it will not cause a great fall. They rely not on the shifting market but on their solid Maker for security.

For those to whom Jesus Christ has been an attractive but distant monolith, this storm has all the markings of utter destruction. They can pull out of a 401K, try to sell what they can still find a buyer for, re-invest in gold. But until they show faith in Jesus by hearing His words and doing them, their security remains an illusion.

In the middle of a storm, help comes not in a voice crying out, "I told you so," but in directions to shelter, and perhaps an offer of assistance to rebuild. Prognosticators are speaking of recession and depression. People of Christ will speak of faith's profession and intercession.

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
(Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)

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