Friday, October 10, 2008

Depending on God in this economic crisis

The economic tailspin continues. FoxNews reports this morning, "Amidst the greatest financial crisis in the U.S. since the Great Depression, the Dow is on pace to suffer its worst weekly plunge in its 112-year history even as reports of another government-led financial rescue swirl. "

Families, banks, and even the federal government are taking desperate measures to stave off a full-blown recession or depression. But in the midst of this crisis, we must not forget to turn to the Lord for help. Depending on God is the safest and most fundamental step we can take in this turbulent time.

Centuries ago, when the Israelities felt the threat of war from their enemies, they took drastic military measures to protect themselves:

In that day you depended on the weapons of the house of the forest, And you saw that the breaches in the wall of the city of David were many; And you collected the waters of the lower pool. Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem and tore down houses to fortify the wall. And you made a reservoir between the two walls for the waters of the old pool. (Isaiah 22:8-11)

All these things made good sense. But Israel neglected the one thing that was most important: to trust in God. Verse 11 continues,

But you did not depend on Him who made it, nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.

From a military standpoint, weapons, fortifications, and a reliable water supply were all good measures to take. But apart from God, these things were impotent to save Israel.

Likewise, government bailouts, interest rate adjustments, CEO changes, and other emergency actions might prevent financial calamity, but apart from God, these things will not ultimately rescue us.

In this season of turmoil, God is calling us to stop trusting in human institutions and worldly riches, and to submit to Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives. Let us start depending on the One who made us, who gave us our money, and who instilled within us the principles for a free market economy. He alone is unchanging and ultimately in control over all things. And He calls for our absolute trust, not only for financial provision, but for eternal salvation.

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