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Atlanta’s foreclosure rate is high in the statistics on foreclosures for the state, contributing to Georgia being ranked Number 3 in foreclosures. Unemployment remains at a near 9% in the area. Prices on consumer goods continue to rise. Local residents are feeling the pressure of a struggling economy.
A person could stay up at night worrying about the state of affairs, the unrest in the world, the severe weather in the world, and the increase in crime in the local neighborhoods and beyond. Some wonder will things ever get better again.
Have you noticed how young children do not worry about their next meal, the clothes they will wear, or where they will live. They just trust that their parents will provide. They are carefree. In fact, they don’t even concern themselves with it. God calls us His children. Jesus taught us to pray, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9 (KJV)
The Bible offers us a way to be free of care in a world that offers plenty.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Peter 5:7 (KJV)
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Matthew 6:25 (KJV)
We know that the Bible teaches that perilous times would come in the last days, but we are not to look at the things coming upon the earth and to be consumed by them, but rather to look up for we know that our redemption is drawing near. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28 (KJV)
God knows all about us, and the things that we have need of. He instructed us not to fear. “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7 (KJV)
Regardless of what is going on, we can take all of our cares and burdens to Christ in prayer. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
Although we live in a time when things may be overwhelming and the burdens and cares of life can weigh us down, Jesus still offers this promise: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls
” Matthew 11:28-29 (KJV)