There Is A Crisis Everywhere!

Turn to any media outlet and you instantly bombarded with the “crisis of the day.” Some are real and genuine while others are probably ordinary problems that have been raised to “crisis level” in order to get attention. There’s the Bernie Maddoff ethical crisis, the AIG bonus crisis, the banking crisis, the housing crisis, the health care crisis, the education crisis, and on top of that some Christians are predicting a collapse of evangelicalism.

Simultaneously to taking in all the bad news, I’ve been reading through the Heidelberg Catechism. There’s something about it that gives me an outsider’s perspective that I so desperately need. Here’s an example…

Question: What do you understand by the providence of God?

Answer: Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty–all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from his fatherly hand.

So it’s good for my soul to know that God’s still in control, that nothing comes to us except by God’s good hand, and that I can pray and work not out of fear but out of faith.

By the way, if you are interested in owning and reading more of the Heidelberg Catechsim, I’d recommend this version.

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