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CLARITY – 3-25-20 It’s Kind of Like Restoration


It’s Kind of Like Restoration

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-25-20

What’s Happening: “Just after midnight Tuesday (or early today), it was announced by top White House aide, Eric Euland: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we are done. We have a deal,’ $1.8 Trillion later, either the U.S. economy will have the money for restarting the economy or be so much in debt that it can never recover…or both. The Democrats fear it isn’t enough (and they didn’t get all the progressive initiatives they wanted), the Republicans ask the age-old question, ‘who’s going to pay for this?’…and the National Debt continues to climb ( ‘After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic,” said  Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) ‘It will rush new resources onto the front lines of our nation’s health care fight. And it will inject trillions of dollars of cash into the economy as fast as possible to help Americans workers, families, small businesses and industries make it through this disruption and emerge on the other side ready to soar.’

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, is this good news or bad news?”

Biblical Response:  “I’m afraid time alone will tell. On the one hand, there are folks definitely hurting economically and they will definitely be helped…in the short term. On the other hand, this short term help might come at the expense of a long term economic downturn (a soaring National Debt, the negative motivation of a handout, etc.). However, sometimes what is necessary is painful, but also beneficial (read the story of Ruth – just 4 short chapters – it had to be painful for her to leave her home and people…but ultimately beneficial).”

“Restoration is unpleasant at first. I mean, here you were, blythely and unknowingly headed down a pleasant path to destruction. Then, Somebody opens your eyes to the path you’re on…and its ultimate end…and offers you a different path …and a different destination (Prov. 14:12; 16:25).

“Christians? We believe in restoration. Of course, it’s unpleasant at first. Change usually is, But to be restored to a place of favor (Joel 2:25-27) when we’ve had to distract ourselves from the realities of our struggles…well, that’s when we learn how it used to be..what we were made for…that’s when we get surprised by joy!” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the patience we need to wait for restoration (not settle for distraction); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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