Broke and blessed

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven – Proverbs 23:4-5

Here’s a thought, in these hard financial times: As Christians, citizens of the household of God (Eph. 2:19), of heaven (Phil. 3:20), as people who have no city here we can call home but are looking forward and expecting another one (Heb. 13:14), as those who have the key to incorruptible treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Christ (Col 2:3), how should we conduct ourselves in the face of the current global economic downturn?

Should we follow the herd and wail in despair in the face of massive layoffs, plunging mortgages and the slow death of the High Street?

Or should we actually turn to our God and take hold of His riches, His treasures and His priorities, and trust Him because He promises:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Mat. 6:33-34

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God – Phil. 4:6

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:19

…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you – 1 Pet. 5:7

Does our God change with the FTSE index?

Or has the recession caught Him by surprise?

Just a thought.

…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Phil. 4:11b-13

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