This is one of those posts that I am writing to myself with the hope that it will benefit you as well.
A guy at church just gave a testimony this past weekend about thriving in the middle of a recession. He went on to explain that sales in his industry are way down, but yet as he has been trusting in God, his sales are actually increasing when the rest of the industry is on the decline. It reminded me of a few important things that I know I need to remember…
- God has promised to supply all of my needs. It doesn’t matter whether it is a bear market, bull market, recession, depression, or anything else. This promise from Philippians 4:19 is not contingent on what the government is doing, the economy, or even our own ability. It is a promise from the only source in the universe that we can rest assured is going to back up what He promised.
- Trusting in God is key. It is so easy to look at our checkbooks, credit card statements, IRAs, or 401ks and get discouraged. But, God isn’t discouraged or even surprised at what is going on. He didn’t promise that we would never have challenges or that there wouldn’t be times when things looked bad. But He did say that He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6) and wants us to be encouraged in His faithfulness. My job as a Christian is to continue to trust Him regardless of whether things look good or bad.
- It is faith (trust) that pleases God. In fact, the Bible says that without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Whether I like it or not, the biggest faith tests are rarely when circumstances are going great, but are when things look bad or even impossible. The super-encouraging thing about this is that when I just keep on trusting God when things look bad, I am being very pleasing to Him!