by Jesse Duckworth
It seems as if every time we turn on the television, there's always this "gloom and doom" message about the economy. It's to the point where I have to turn the station or just not watch the news at all. The fact of the matter is that most of the newscasters and analyst truly can't predict what the future will bring. Although the statistics would seem that things are headed for the worst.
But I have to say that I choose to be more optimistic about the economy than what analysts have to say. I mean really, aren't you tired of hearing the same news every single day about how bad things are? I believe that the body of Christ has to take the word of God for what it really is or our faith is in vain. Doesn't the word say in Psalms 37:25 that, "I've never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging for bread?" Doesn't the word describe in Deuteronomy 28 all the blessings for those that diligently obey God's voice? Or are these just empty words to us? The world is obviously being shaken by the economy, but if anyone should have hope, shouldn't it be Christians? Many have lost their faith and ran away from God because of our world's financial crisis. Jesus warned us about people like this and said in Matthew 13:22 that the word of God can be received but because of the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches the word is "choked" or not received.
These troubling times truly will test our faith but our faith is supposed to be tested. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Things will get better and you don't want to be the one that gives up and then when things get better you run back to God. That type of faith is made of glass which can be shattered by the weakest force. Martin Luther King even said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." We must have the faith that has a foundation, that's built on the rock of revelation. And what is this revelation?
The revelation is that the believer doesn't function in the same economy that the non-believer does. You may be confused by that statement and wondering what I'm talking about? The bottom line is that the kingdom of God doesn't make sense to the natural mind. It actually works against everything the natural mind can comprehend. For example, the bible talks a lot about giving, and in today's economy giving would be the last thing most people would do. It doesn't necessarily have to be in monetary gifts but your time or talents being given to help someone else. And when you help someone else or give, things do come back to you in some form or fashion. The world calls it karma, but I call it the "favor" or "blessing" of God. I'm a witness that giving does reap results. I have made more money this year than I have ever made in my life. It would've been very easy to stop giving during these times of economic turmoil but my faith would not let go of me. The kingdom economy functions by faith and not our own understanding. It works in the life of the believer that truly knows that God is their source. They must also realize that since the beginning of time, God's kingdom works by seed (giving), then there's a time frame (that may or may not be on the time schedule we are on), and then the harvest or results will come to past. (Gen 8:22)
I know that many of you may be in a hard situation and may think how dare this blogger write things in a manner that seems so insensitive. I truly sympathize with anyone who has lost a job or knows their financial situation is not getting any better. I pray for the people of this nation that are struggling today. At the same time, the mentality of believer's have to change from depression and hopelessness, to optimism and confidence. Every time you hear or see negativity on television either turn the station or mentally tell yourself that it doesn't pertain to you. You know why? Because you live in a kingdom where the One in charge of all the world's economy takes pleasure in you prospering (Psalms 35:27).Your Father owns everything that this world could ever give. He wants you to prosper and be mentally, physically, and soulically prosperous (3 John verse 3).
You really only have two option while the world gets more depressed and fearful everyday as a result of the economy. You can remain in fear and hopelessness or you can become optimistic, pray, seek for jobs, and believe God will turn things around for you. My suggestion is have faith and make sure that you put an action to it!
I encourage everyone to let me know your thoughts and reply back to this blog.
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