During the last two years of financial and economic downturn, the Singapore government introduced a resilience package in 5 parts
- Jobs for Singaporeans – to help Singaporeans stay employed by Jobs Credit Scheme, Enhancing Skills program for Upgrading and Resilience, providing Workfare Income Supplements and expanding recruitment across the public sector.
- Stimulating Bank Lending – to ensure companies continue to have access to credit to sustain their operations and keep jobs, the government enhanced existing lending schemes, introducing special risk-sharing initiatives in the form of Bridging Loans and Trade financing
Enhancing Business cash-flow and competitiveness through tax concessions and measures, easing cash-flow and sharpening Singapore’s competitiveness
- Supporting families by direct assistance for Singaporean households, increased targeted help for vulnerable groups like senior citizens and the sick, additional support for Charitable giving and the Community
- Building a Home for the Future – developing Singapore as a global city and best home for Singaporeans by bringing forward infrastructure projects, rejuvenating public housing estates, enhancing sustainable development programs, upgrading education and health infrastructure.
Since 2010 there are signs of good result that show that the Singapore economy is bouncing back.
In our spiritual lives, we too need resilience aid when we are knocked about or down in life.
We can be cracked or broken like the economy as we become like broken earthen vessels. However, there is hope in our broken state.
Who says so?
It is God who says so. For in our brokenness, our weakness, we shall show forth the excellency of the power of God. Within us clay jars, is the treasure of God which when the jar is broken will show forth that strength and love of God and His light that will show forth His glory. 2 Corinthians 4:7.
We shall be resilient in Christ. What is resilience? “an occurrence of rebounding or springing back”. As children of God, we shall rebound or spring back with verve and strength from the Lord, despite obstacles in life that pull us down.
We may be
– Physically pressured and troubled on every side, its like people pushing us in a crowd, by the trials and temptations, and terrible pressure but we will not be overcome
– Tormented in the mind but not without hope and He says so
– Opposed by satan and his minions, but His Holy Spirit will never leave us and He fights with us
– Cast down, fallen, but we shall rise again as He picks us up to run again for Him.
As we wait on Him in our brokenness,
- He shall renew our strength and help us mount up with wings as eagles
- We shall run and not be weary,
- We shall walk and not faint.
And though physically we face physical death, for that day comes nearer for us everyday, and even as we die to self, the death of Jesus Christ, as we live and carry our cross by sacrificing ourselves in faith, that Jesus be glorified,
we shall be resilient in the face of odds, to be in His likeness.
Life is not a bed of roses.
It is In our pain and afflictions, trials and temptations that
– our experience of God’s sustaining power in us, burns brightest and is most real,
– giving us that opportunity for resilience when hardships pressure, torment, oppose and cast us down.
Anyone can face adversity however, in facing adversity with God there is a difference. There is hope in our weakness, His strength comes through to make us resilient and we bounce back more energised than before with new hope in Him.
Talking about our faith and even understanding doctrines are no match for our testimony of our resilience in adversity through Christ who strengthens us and gives us hope.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Isaiah 37:23, 24.
Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokeness and strife
But he made something beautiful of my life
When faced with pressures and seeming personal defeat
Remember! – beyond us is Christ, our Strength and Redeemer – we shall bounce back!