|Sugar Hollow Shenandoah National Park--Photo courtesy of Eileen DeCamp|
I've done my share of complaining along with everyone else about this economy. Gas prices, food prices, unemployment--there's a lot to be concerned about. But let's get this economic situation in perspective. Whether the stock market is up, or the stock market is down; whether the economy is booming, or unemployment abounds, God, the Creator of the universe, owns everything--all the silver, all the gold, the cattle upon every hill, and even "they that dwell therein". However little or much we might have, it's all God's; we have what we have only by His grace. Even our lives are in His hands.
I try to be a good manager of what God provides for me, taking care of my household, and when I am able sharing with others who have needs. Other than that, why should I stress? In the media and all around us, people are agonizing about the economic downturn. Some despondent, who have lost their jobs or their fortunes, have taken their own lives. I'm sorry to say I've wasted countless hours over the years worrying about finances.
The Lord has reminded me through His Word to take heed, lest my soul become bankrupt as I worry about the things of this world.
Constantly be on your guard so that your hearts will not be loaded down with self-indulgence, drunkenness, and the worries of this life, or that day will take you by surprise. Luke 21:34 ISV
God is good. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, no matter how rich or poor, God loves us, his children. If we can keep that in mind, and concentrate on our soul's worth, our hearts can enjoy peace. After all, God has promised to provide all we need no matter what the economy.
My prayers to you no matter where you are. May God bless you with all you need and give you peace.