By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler
The more I think about these awfully economic tough (tuff) times we’re currently experiencing; the many difficulties of this life; and all the stress, problems, issues, and uncertainties we encounter during our day-to-day living, the more I realize just how grateful I should be toward God. While I know it’s quite difficult for many folk today, some more so than others, I still refuse to complain.
I refuse to complain because God is still in control of this entire universe and he’s yet loving, kind, merciful, and blessing his own. His amazing grace is yet sufficient and he still shows favor to his people.
Though I haven’t heard him in recent times, I can still remember hearing R.W. Shambach, one of God’s elder ministering servants say many years ago, “You don’t have no problem, all you need is faith in God.”
Think about how true and relevant that profound statement is today. All we need to do is place our faith and confidence in a never-failing sovereign God and trust him. Rather than complaining, throwing self-pity parties, and making all kinds of excuses for what we’re currently experiencing during these economically difficult times, we should be rolling up our sleeves and doing the absolute best we can with the hand that has been dealt to us. “Regardless” of what comes or goes in this life, God’s faithful children will be cared for.
“Regardless” of how difficult and tuff the times may be and may get in the future, God will make a way somehow. “Regardless” of whether you trust, believe, and put your confidence in God or not, he’s still faithful and true to his word. God is a promise keeper!
You don’t have no problem, all you need is faith in God. Why I read where King David, one of God’s mighty servants said in Psalms 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Even when it might seem that you’re near the end of your rope and that all hope is lost in Year 2012, I declare unto you that God is still “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21). Knowing this great truth is enough for me personally to worship, praise, bless, be grateful and give God the glory and honor that’s due his holy and righteous name while I yet live … Hallelujah!
Just today I read in Psalms 6:5 this powerful and encouraging verse which says, “For in death there is no remembrance of thee (God): in the grave who shall give thee (the Lord) thanks?” Boy did I crave for a sanctuary filled with “true-believers” at that very moment. Realizing just how blessed I am, “regardless” of all the material things that I don’t have, I wanted to preach some kind of bad right then. For I realized right then and there that I’ve got Jesus, and that’s enough! I’m not going to wait until I’m dead and in the ground somewhere, for it’s impossible for a lifeless body to remember God and give him thanks. I’m thanking him now while I yet live!
Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler is an ordained minister with years of senior pastoral experience.