The Good Thing About A Bad Economy

Right now, things look pretty dim for the average American. Gas is $3.45 and climbing. The unemployment rate is about as high as it has ever been. College tuitions are going up. The price of food and clothing are expected to rise to adjust for the increase in gasoline prices. For the church, things could not be better.

What do I mean by that? You are about to see among those who call themselves Christians who really has faith in God and who doesn’t. I believe that a line has been drawn in the sand. There will be people who complain and freak out and then there will be those who believe that God is truly their provider and they will continue to follow in obedience and trust in Him like they always have.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.

God is all Sovereign, the Creator, our Provider. Do we believe what we say? We use these terms in church. We sing them in our songs. Do we actually believe that God is who he says he is?

I don’t plan on listening to complainers. I don’t plan on taking advice from those who don’t know Christ. I don’t plan on getting wrapped up in the drama that the media feeds us.

My God is in my tomorrow. My God holds the future. My God will supply all my need according to His riches in glory. I have no need to worry about what I cannot control.

God calls us to obedience.

What do you think? Do you really trust God for everything? Do you really believe that God is who He says He is? If you do, you have nothing to fear.  Have thoughts? Questions? Hit up the comments.

2 comments
Jimmy Proulx
Jimmy Proulx

It all boils down to following God in complete and total obedience. God provides for His children. We have to have such a radical faith that we follow God with reckless abandon. Freedom comes not from trusting in ourselves but to the One who created us. Radical faith seems more than we can come up with alone. Funny isn't it? Jesus just said that all we needed was faith the size of a mustard seed.

Alex
Alex

I have always believed that theres a fine line in trusting God and being responsible. Many times in life it is always scary to venture into the unknown but with God at our side the heart should never waver. However there are times that we have thoughts that we believe are of God and if we act on them instantly we could be putting ourselves in calamity. Andy Stanley really spoke to me in his talk about dreams and visions which I think directly fits in with the age old "provision argument." Does the desire you have linger or is it something that was on your mind that day. God blessed us with our abilities to provide for our selves and our families. So for those who feel a calling to drastically change their career paths to follow Gods call, does that mean their faith is stronger than mine? Is it better to work think logically and be able to give to those in need then be the ones in need based on their sudden desire to disciple the world. I do not know. I don't know why but I can't help but have this feeling that being responsible is what God's Provision is about. Its about conserving resources and using the brain God gave you not sitting around with your arms open uttering "God will provide." Regardless of who we are or where we are in life it is always difficult to give things up to God. Waiting has never been our strong suit. For me personally I have grown accustomed to building plans and carrying them out. However, I alway thank God for giving me the plan and watch over me in its implementation. Is it wrong to be responsible? Show we be more spontaneous and let practicality fall in God's hands?