Shannon's hope is in Lord, not Congress

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By The Staff

To the editor:

CNN newscasters announced this past week that 598,000 jobs were lost in January 2009 in the United States. One reporter said it is the worst job loss in 34 years. Another commented that our economy looks a lot like it did at the beginning of the Great Depression. Scary times, they all agreed. 

The unemployment rate is high; millions are out of work, and the stimulus debate in Congress stalls because the two parties can’t agree to pass the $937 billion dollar bill. One party calls it a spending spree masqueraded as a stimulus package; the other says it is a last resort in which many Americans are placing all their hopes. Both know that the burden of paying it back will eventually fall upon the taxpayer’s shoulders.

Today, there are people who have lost not only their jobs, but their homes, their cars, and their health insurance— like dominoes falling over. Scary times, I’ll say. Without the economic stimulus, how can our economy ever recover? Without jobs, how can people ever stand to pay more taxes? Scary times, indeed.

Timothy II 3:1 says, “This know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come.”

I admit things look pretty grim right now and it certainly feels like the end of the world to a lot of folks. I’m sure many people felt this same way back in 1974, when unemployment was just as high, and in 1929, when the Great Depression began. Fear is fear, even in 2009.

God is long suffering, not willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance. So I really can’t say when He will decide to let the world end.

What I can say is that I am going to claim the promises of Psalm 34 today, and I encourage everyone who reads this letter to get your Bible and do the same. Your fear will vanish as you learn to trust in the One who is truly the only hope of all mankind.

“They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing” Psalm 34:10.

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” Psalm 34:4.

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” Psalm 34:6.

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart” Psalm34:18.

I cannot promise you that you will not lose your home or your job, get sick, have financial troubles, or lose a loved one. I do not know if the stimulus package will work and turn our economy back around.

My hope is in the Lord, not Congress, and what I do know and can promise you is that the Lord will deliver us from any and every evil that comes our way, if we seek Him and place our hope and trust in Him. He’ll get us through it.

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?... for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6: 31, 32, 33).

Amanda Shannon