Economic Worries? God is faithful!

Economic WorriesAs news spreads of the economic challenges facing the United States, many people are raising serious concerns. President Bush recently said “our entire economy is in danger” and that “the government’s top economic experts warn that without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic, and a distressing scenario would unfold…”  Yesterday the proposed bailout package which was designed to return stability and confidence to the markets was rejected by the House.  

People are nervous on the news. Polls are showing that many people in the country don’t even know what the problem really is all about or what the proposed solutions will do.  People are worried and asking “how will this affect me?

For the Christian who is focused on the coming of the Kingdom, the writer of Hebrews provides words which speak to these concerns directly:

Hebrews 13:5-6 – “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

What a thought!  If we put our complete confidence and trust in the LORD and not in man we will be able to endure this and any time of trial or crisis.  It is in times like we are currently in where such a section is so clear – man doesn’t know what to do!  Man created the problems that exist and is stuck in the middle without a clear path out – we need to be the people who have faith and trust in the LORD!

My intention by raising this issue is not to be a messenger of doom and gloom – but current events do provide us with a good opportunity to consider our own hearts on this matter. If everything crashes and falls apart – will we continue to have faith? Is the God who you worship on the sunny warm days going to be the one we look to when the cold rain comes? Throughout time the people of God have gone through various trials. Some of the situations they were delivered, while others entrusted their souls to their faithful Creator. We can look to their example of endurance for encouragement in our own lives today.

Are you worried about the times in which we live?  Pray about this today.  Concerned about not really understanding how things are going to turn out?  Seek the LORD for help.  We need to be free from the love of money and the thorny entanglements of this evil age which will cause us to trust in man rather than God and choke His word out of our hearts.  Now is the time for God’s children to trust in their Father and His proven track record of faithfulness.

As to a practical step we can all take during these times – (1) – keep giving – don’t cheat God or others in need because you are worried about where you’re going to get more money to pay your bills.  This is a practical way to honor the LORD during tighter times.  It shows Him you trust Him.  (2) – look at your luxury – maybe there is something you don’t really need to buy/do/watch/get, etc – maybe start making coffee at home for pennies a day rather than getting Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks for a couple bucks a cup (now I know this is tough for some of us – myself included 🙂 – but it’s a practical way we can make sure we use the money the LORD provides wisely, and so we still are in a position to help those who are in need.  Do you have any other ideas?

So take some time today to pray about these things.  Ask the LORD to search your heart regarding these matters.  And pray for your church and fellowship, and for ways that you might be able to help encourage a brothers or sister to trust in the LORD more today than we did yesterday.  He is faithful.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JohnO on September 30, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Very good message. Just for a few more economic details… AIG was bailed out (which was the big one everyone was scared about for $85bn, http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2008/09/aig-bailout-85b.html). The $700bn had support on Friday, but was changed and therefore lost support.

    That link explains in its 3rd point that “the money isn’t all gone”, aka insolvency, but rather, much more colateral is needed (based on the math) to insure any loans now – so no one is loaning any money. The wheels on the bus are slowing.

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