Real Life Re-Run: Where’s God in the Financial Crisis

I re-read this post today, because I need to hear it again! I feel like I need to republish it and bring it to the top of Real Life. I am hanging on to Him for dear life these days! Originally posted in Nov 2008.

I’ve had this post flowing through my mind for a while now, I’ve just been too busy to sit down and get it all out. So I’m taking this cozy Saturday night opportunity to actually write a thoughtful post on this here neglected blog!

I’ve been asking God where He is in the midst of this financial crisis. I know it didn’t take Him by surprise, he’s not in Heaven wringing His hands, saying, “Gee, I hope America doesn’t go down the tubes this time!” I believe everything that’s happening is part of His plan, whether it looks good to me or not. He knew Obama would be chosen president, He knew the economy would dip into a recession, He knew whether we’d be able to make our mortgage payment last month. (thank you Lord for providing for us)

But the Lord communicated to me in church, while I listened to the worship ministry play a popular Matt Redman Song, Blessed Be Your Name. You see, God’s purpose for America, for us as individuals, is NOT prosperity, longevity, or even worldly peace. While he does provide us with everything we need, we really only need one thing: HIM

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord

And God’s purpose in all things is to bring glory to Himself! When it boils down to it, I exist to glorify God, no matter what the circumstances. So as long as I honestly say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord,” I’m fulfilling His will.

I would never say that I wanted to be tested in this truth, but the more I meditate on His word, the less afraid I am of financial collapse. We could have friends move into the upstairs or basement and help with the payment. We could turn our entire yard into a garden, and put food up for the winter. We could do without cable, cell phones, and internet. OK, no, I couldn’t live without the internet!

So maybe God’s plan is to get us thinking: “What if I lose this stuff? Does it really matter to me?” (I’ve learned that it matters to me a little more than I thought) What He really wants is for us to draw closer to Him during this time. If we obey, does that mean it won’t last as long? I don’t know, but I do know that I will know Him better, and I’ll store up treasures not on this earth, but in my eternal home with my God!

As I was searching for scripture to inspire these thoughts, I came across the story of the parting of the Red Sea. God said, “But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD” If you click over and read the whole chapter, you’ll see that the Israelites were terrified of the Egyptians chasing them, and they thought all was lost. However, God was using the horrific Egyptian army to bring glory to Himself!

So, anyway, maybe this financial crisis is our Egyptian Army, and if that’s the case, you can be sure God will show His Glory!

What are you thinking about God’s plan in all this?

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Comments

  1. I am thinking God’s plan never has changed and in time will be brought about.

    In the book of Genesis he clearly set out his plan that mankind should subdue the earth and fill it reaching the Garden of Eden to the most distant part of the earth and if Adam and Eve had not chose to disobey that is where we would be now.

    But they did disobey so then we have the way to get back what they lost set in motion. In Genesis 3:15 this is shown. Then we have the final part of this plan, Revelation 21:3, 4, our near future at hand.

    Do I fear the financial crisis? No.

    Am I happy about it? No.

    I hate seeing the effects greed and money have had on so many people and that so many are struggling and have no ideas how to cope. If this saddens me, a mere imperfect human, how do you think it is affecting our creator? He created all mankind and loves all no matter of color or nationality or financial status.

    God wants us to turn to him, to search him out and to worship him in the way he deserves.

    I love this scripture …
    2 Peter 3:9 (New International Version) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

    We think this is bad, the time we’re living, and it is, but to God, he is giving more time for more to come to know him and love him and worship him whole souled the way he set out for us to do in the Bible so many many years ago.

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  2. Wonderful comment, Trish! I love that Scripture you quoted!

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  3. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    I do love this post! The Lord will provide for us and we just need to trust in Him. The great thing is that we can give our worries over to Him (sometimes easier said than done)!

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  4. Musings of a Housewife says:

    Yep! Amen.

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  5. Ms. Latina on a Mission says:

    Amen! I agree fully with your post and with the comment above from Trish. It is foretold. All the clamanities that are happening- the global hunger, the worldwide financial crisis, the escalating violence, the weird weather, and soon the nationalization of banks to a one world money system. Scary? OF COURSE! Our human side is bound to get fearful so HE commanded us to not live life based on our feelings. They are fallible! We can not hold onto the flesh. We have to hold onto HIM and keep HIM first and foremost because when we take our eyes off HIM we will sink, just like Peter did! All these trials will mold us into the person HE wants us to become. Yes it hurts and sometimes like a child we throw a tantrum (I think I’ve even thrown myself down on the ground kicking and screaming LOL) but HE knows best. It will be well! We just have to hold on, not let go and shine HIS light. Its hard like Sarah said if we try to do it on our own strength. But if we believe in HIS word and we believe HE cannot lie then we KNOW that HE will provide everything we need, although not necessarily everything we want…just as HE said. Love this post and yes I desperately needed the reminder! GBU

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  6. We’ve been going through these things, too. I know that I will be sad if we lose our home, and other things, but really, it will not be that bad. I have my family and friends and I have my God who restores what the locusts have eaten!
    Once I released my fear of losing everything, I was much more able to relax about financial hardships.

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  7. Jenn Calling Home says:

    Greetings! I’m stopping by this morning via Musings of Housewife’s blog. This is a great post. It would be so easy to let fear overtake us right now, but we need to keep trusting God, keep turning everything over to Him. He is our true food, drink and covering.

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  8. Jaime (ChaseNKids) says:

    “the more I meditate on His word, the less afraid I am of financial collapse”

    The above quotation really hit home for me. It is so true.
    This entry was a blessing for me and I thank you for sharing it! Very insightful!

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  9. Melanie Dorsey says:

    This is an inspiring post.
    Thanks!
    Melanie@Bella~Mella

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  10. Jim Henley’s said: “Wouldn’t it save administrative costs if I just started giving my money to random rich people?”

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