The Cliff That Matters


imagesimages1images2The attention of the country, indeed the world, is intensely focused on the looming Fiscal Cliff non-negotiations currently dominating the news these days. 

President Obama, leaders in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives are making a grand show, while leaving much of the nation in fear of greater economic catastrophe than we have had the last several years,  each side laying a foundation of blame for what will happen in a few days, when taxes on many will automatically rise, and many will lose benefits of the taxpayer’s largesse–at least for now–until the squandering of national finances and once good credit resumes.

I sometimes cite a favorite quote of mine from the late Stephen R. Covey who said, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”

Six years ago I rededicated my life to serving the Kingdom of God and His Son, and my savior, Jesus Christ. I am fully convinced that seeking His kingdom first and His righteousness is the sum total of having the ladder against the right wall!  There are a number of reasons why and all of them are found in His divinely ordained Word:

  1. All God’s promises are true when you seek Him first.
  2. Regardless of your pain, suffering, or any other circumstance God can and will lift you above the storm, if not in this life, the next. Life does not end here.
  3. Even if pain and suffering are your lot in this life, there is healing. It may not be miraculous physical healing but equally miraculous emotional, and spiritual healing if you seek Him first.
  4. You need not live in fear anymore or place your trust in the governments of men and nations. All of them were placed here by God Himself. Some to be shining examples of God’s mercy and grace, others to be God’s object lesson of scorn and shame.

Regardless of how close you stand to the edge of the fiscal cliff, the real cliff is the one that defines your eternal future. The world lives in fear because the economy of men is crumbling.  God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is infinitely just, gracious, and merciful but we must trust Him and build our relationship with His Son Jesus.  This is the only way to be in His economy and not the world’s.

Not long ago, Jamie Foxx declared, some say jokingly, that President Obama was “our lord and savior”. Joking or not, it wasn’t funny.   No one inside the beltway has saved anyone or established anything graceful, or of any redeeming value to anyone. 

We must look to the truth of His Word. It is simple but requires discipline and a heartfelt desire to seek Him.

So seek Him!  Put your ladder against the strong wall whose cornerstone is Jesus!

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Matthew 6:33

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4 thoughts on “The Cliff That Matters

  1. such great and convincing points…I have always loved that verse in Matthew, but have never truly lived it for any amount of time … always getting sidetracked or off-track…distracted. My ways never work out, so it’s time to do it God’s way. One question: what is “the beltway”?

    • Bless you for reading Suzi! The Christian life is always a struggle. Ephesians 6 counsels us to always put on the full armor of God in order to combat the enemy, Satan. That is our daily battle and we must never give up! The Beltway refers to the long, round strip of Highway which surrounds Washington, D.C.where our national government sits. I have found that the best way to stay in the fight for stronger faith on the Lord is a three-pronged approach: (1)Stay in God’s Word every day-a chapter a day is what most of us in my church do; (2) Pray daily and pray often in Jesus Name; (3) Worship in a Bible believing church with like-minded believers to support you. My family attends a non-denominational church with wonderful people who have become our friends and family.

      Bless you in 2013, Suzi!

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