I am sitting at my computer and thinking of all the things about which I want to write, but all of them really seem trivial at this point. Life must go on, but sometimes world events make everything personal seem, well, trivial.
At the time of this writing, Egypt is in a state of turmoil. The people, led by students (like always), are demanding the president of
Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, to give up power. Muslims all over the world are taking their side, even burning pictures (like always) of the president in the streets. The leading opposition group in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, is calling for the government to be handed over to them (like always). And once again, the world is feeling the tremors of this shake up in the price of oil and the falling stock markets. Things are getting really tense all over the world.
In case you are reading this and have no idea of the ramifications of what is going on, let me just tell you what could potentially happen.
1) Egypt, one of the few Arab countries at peace with Israel, is about to change its form of government, from a “dictatorship” to a hastily formed “unified” government, not a democracy.
2) The government that is being called for by the “people” of Egypt will, in essence, be nothing more than a theocratic-themed, Islamic-controlled, religiously-based government. Even though the protesters on the street just want an end to the 30 year reign of Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood wants anything but a democratically-elected, religiously open-minded, pro-Western government. They want one more domino to fall in the long stack of countries they want to conquer in the name of Allah.
3) If Egypt falls into the hands of Muslim extremists and jihadist-sympathizers, then they will have the ability to control all traffic through the Suez Canal. It is through this waterway that a majority of the world’s oil is transported. To cut access to the Suez would cripple the United States economy overnight. Oil prices would go through the roof, along with every thing that the increased prices could affect. Everyday staples, such as food and electricity would be triple in cost, if not more. Businesses would fail.
4) If Egypt falls into the hands of Anti-American extremists, Suadi Arabia will be in trouble. The Muslim Brotherhood has already stated that it wants to see the Saud family removed from power. If that were to happen, then the majority of the world’s oil would be in the hands of those who want to see America and the West fall. Because of the demands and restrictions placed on our energy-making industries by Liberals and global-warming nuts, we will not have the capability of meeting the fuel and energy demands of this nation. Our economy will come to a standstill.
5) If the economy of the United States comes to a halt, there are plenty of groups poised and ready to bring riots to our own streets, just like has been seen in Europe (France, England, Greece, etc.) and the Middle East. At that point, say good bye to the America of our forefathers (what’s left of it, anyway).
6) Of course, don’t forget, before the world economies give up in defeat to the folks in the desert, there will be, as the protesters call it, “blood for oil.” War in the Middle East over the control of its stock of resources would no doubt include the self-interests of every major power, including China and Russia. Very easily, we could be on the brink a major global conflict. Worried, yet?
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Phl 4:6 KJV).
What does it mean to “be careful for nothing?” Well, the word translated “careful” in the KJV is a Greek word that means: to be anxious; troubled with cares (merimnaō – Strong’s G3309). To “be careful for nothing” would mean to not be anxious, or overly troubled by anything. Now, with all the bad news above, how in the world are we supposed to not be anxious? “By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let [our] requests be made known unto God.”
What happens when we put our faith and trust in the God of the Bible?
[The] peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phl 4:7 KJV).
But my problems are not trivial. They are real – as real as the problems in Egypt. I’ve got my own issues that tend to make me anxious.
Yesterday, my wife and one of our girls drove to Chicago. They went there because of a family emergency. Lo and behold, Chicago is expecting up to 2 feet of snow and winds close to 60 miles an hour – a blizzard. Do you think that makes me happy? Not only is the world falling apart, but MY world is in danger.
What am I to do?
Pray and give thanks to the God who made this world and holds it in the palm of His hand. Only His peace can keep our hearts in these troubled times. Only He can give the peace that passes all understanding. I resolve “to be careful for nothing.”
Phl 4:4, 6-7 NLT – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! … Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.