Finding faith in God during economic and financial crisis

It’s obvious from the news (and our poor performing 401k’s) that we are struggling through some difficult, financial times right now. Jobs are being cut, houses are being foreclosed on, and financial difficulties are high. Is there hope? What can we do during these difficult economic times? How should we respond?

Money is a reflection of our heart–how we spend it, how we trust in it, how we hope in it. “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be” (Matthew 6:21). Your heart follows your money and possessions.

What do you really hope for? What is most important to you? I think in all honesty, most of those questions are answered with some form of money or possessions. Jesus talked a lot about money and possessions, even more than hell, prayer and faith. Why? Why would the Son of God talk so much about money? Because it is a reflection of our heart, what we trust in.

Last October, I posted a blog about Financial Anxiety in these economic times, and after re-reading it, I think about the verses of scripture that surround Jesus’ comment about how our hearts follow our treasure:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:19-24).

Mammon is not a common word we use today. In Biblical times, it referred to a demon or personification of riches, wealth and possessions. It’s interesting how Jesus concludes that we cannot serve both God of Heaven and God of Mammon. We can only serve one God.

So, what do we do? How do we respond?

The next few verses Matthew 6 are the answer. It’s one thing to read them—it’s another thing to believe them. So, I challenge you to read these words of truth. Read them and let them sink deep in your soul, because they are words that can bring you incredible peace during difficult financial times:

I tell you not to worry about everyday life–—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:25-34).

I encourage you to seek God first, put him first in your life. He cares for you. He knows your needs. Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all those things will be added to your life. Trust him.

Galatians 4:7 sums it up well, “You are no longer a slave, but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.”

Think about life as a kid. Did you ever worry about your parent’s providing for you, taking care of you, feeding you, clothing you? If that’s true for imperfect, earthly parents, how much more will your perfect, Godly Father provide for your needs?

2 Responses to “Finding faith in God during economic and financial crisis”

  1. samuel mugo November 8, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    my goodness thank you so much i am sobbing because i worry alot and it is because of my unbelief that GOD really has my back

  2. Russ Pond November 8, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Yes he does!

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