Peace “In” Recession
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
|Note: We’ve heard from many men who are facing financial and business problems right now because of 9-11 and a recession. Here is a thought I wrote in my journal during a “personal recession” two years ago. I emailed it to a few friends back then, with “Just a Thought” in the subject line. That’s when the idea for this column started to take hold. It seems timely to share it with you now.|
For five months I have worried, tossed and turned, and fretted over finances. And then, last week, my circumstances didn’t change but I did.
God changed my heart, I came to trust God in the middle of it all, and His peace flooded my heart, soul, and mind. The joy was supernatural, not merely obedience.
God will rarely change our circumstances (or merely give us what we want) so that we can have peace. Rather, it is His habit to go the opposite way. He increases the heat of the fire until we can say like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (see Daniel 3:16-25), “I do not mind this fire. God will rescue me. But even if He does not, I will worship no other God.”
God’s way is to change our hearts. Then, when we are content “in” our circumstances He is released to deliver us “from” our circumstances.
If you are in the middle of a great emotional battle, do not think God will deliver you from it. Rather, He will deliver you in it. And because He is altogether good, He will then deliver you from it.
© 2002 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.