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Perspective - April 2009

Turmoil: a state of extreme confusion or agitation, commotion or tumult.

The world is reeling from the universal economic downturn, resulting in turmoil in almost every area of our lives - economic, social, physical and spiritual. I'm certain almost everyone has been impacted in some way during the last six to eight months.

I hope it is only my perception, but it appears that most of the news coming across the airwaves presents darkness with little hope. I often watch The Weather Channel which has a program entitled, "When Weather Changed History." It is without a doubt a sobering view when you see how hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc. change entire communities. Who will ever forget the disasters in recent years caused by Hurricane Katrina to the US Gulf Coast and the devastating fires in our own state?

This economic debacle is not the first time we have seen catastrophic turmoil in our land, and it will not be the last. Two thoughts come to mind: these events of recent months are real, but my God also is real. At times I feel like it is raining and hailing, and it is almost impossible to escape the consequences.

However, God's Word, our instruction manual, tells us in Romans (5:2b-5) that these trials will only make us stronger and make us more hopeful: "And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us."

I continually turn to God for courage, strength and hope. My encouragement to you this month is to keep your faith grounded in God, be an encouragement to others in distress, do all you can to help alleviate the suffering of others and pray God's blessings on all.

Turmoil is not the end of the road, but a time when Christians and the church can rise above the rim to build character and provide hope by proclaiming a living Savior.

Last Published: March 25, 2009 11:29 PM