26 May 2008

Reflections on High Gas Prices and Habakkuk

So what should our response be to the endless barrage from the news media on increasing gasoline and food prices and the war in Iraq and...and...and...and...Habakkuk has some very good insight, note chapter 3 and verses 17-18: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. We should spend some time preparing ourselves as things may get much worse both here in the U.S. and elsewhere before they get better. Many of us would benefit studying Habakkuk and meditating on these verses.


Jason said...

My son's little league started last week and he is on the traveling team for the first time this year. There is no bus to take him the 30 sometimes 45 miles away games. In the past most parents (including us) would just drive alone to the game. Not this year we have worked out a car pooling plan with his friends parents. I hope others will be more wiser on driving places. This is the only way to bring down prices is to have less demand.

Reformed Renegade said...

Yes, that's great but I think you're missing my point. Overall, we are headed for a crisis & we as Christians need to radically change our thinking. We may have nothing and no earthly hope and yet as Habakkuk tells us, we can still praise Him. I'm not sure many Christians in this country know how to endure hardship and not have their faith shaken. My point is we need to spiritually prepare ourselves.

ReformedChristian said...

Hi Russ,
I think we in the West completely miss the point. We depend on finance to often rather than God. If we have a need we don't pray we spend. May God use the credit crunch to bring His church in the West to its knees, for His glory and His names sake!

steve martin said...

Dear R.R.,

You are right. Tough times are a coming...one way or another...and we must realize that in this life there is no rtest, no peace, and no victory.

Hig gas prices are nothing compared to the evils that await to devour us.

Thanks much!

- Steve Martin

Reformed Renegade said...

Stephen - I agree. We could use some extended suffering in the West. It seemed like 9/11 was the start of it but even that fizzled out all too quickly.

Reformed Renegade said...

Steve Martin - I believe there is some rest and some peace in this life, Scripture tells us there is
(Matt 11:28; Php. 4:7). However, I would agree that this is not the eternal peace we will have in heaven. What evils are you referring to that await to devour us?