By Bindu Adai-Mathew
So how many of you are worried about our economy? How many of you are worried about your personal economic situation? Do you worry about retirement? If you have children, do you worry about how you’ll send them to college? Or how you’ll afford to pay for their wedding?
I’ll admit that those are concerns of mine. Heck, I’m even bothered by the prediction that China is going to overtake the U.S. as the #1 economic power in the coming years. Why? Well, there’s the obvious…we’re the U.S. and haven’t we been #1 since…like…forever? Or for at least for my entire life. And then there’s the question as to how China will choose to wield its power and influence.
Yes, we are undoubtedly in uncertain economic times.
In Bible times, they didn’t call it “uncertain economic” times, nor did they call it a “depression.” They called it a famine. If the weather was bad or they had no rain or too much rain, it ruined the crops, which meant they didn’t have food to eat or food to give to their animals. Famine.
But to them and to us, God reminds us in Jeremiah 17: 7-8 that despite our worries or our current economic climate, He can and will provide for us.
7“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
8He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Bear fruit in times of famine and drought? Does God not know the unemployment rate right now? Yes, but God is still promising us that those who trust in Him will continue to be able to provide for their families. The economy may affect us, but it doesn’t affect God. He is able to bless us despite…and in some cases…because of the economy. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Well, that is the God we serve. Jehovah Jireh. God Our Provider.