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Good Words in Bad Economies

While world economies collapse, banks and businesses fail, employees are laid off and retirees lose stock-invested life savings, does God have words for His people?

He does, and those words are far more empowering, encouraging and life-changing than an economic stimulus package, and far more liberating than the assurances that "your bank will not fail &hellip and, of course, if it does, your accounts are insured."

God speaks while riches vanish, and His advice is unchanging; yet it is stunningly relevant to anyone who is concerned with the economy or who has to deal with money. Listen to His words.

1. "A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).

2. "Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content" (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

3. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal" (Matthew 6:19-21).

4. "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:31-34).

There is no better preparation for bad economic times — bad to whatever degree — than to have lived in prosperity with hearts freed from the bondage of wealth. Those who have lived according to our western creed of greed will be devastated by bad economies. On the other hand, those who have lived after God and the kingdom will know the real value of their non-financial assets. They know the liberation Christian contentment brings. They understand a good investment when they see it — investments into eternal riches. And they commit the cares of this life to the Father who already knows their needs and has committed to meet them.

Does this mean bad economies never hurt believers? No, but believers never "lose everything" in bad economies. Regardless what happens around us, God is our wealth, our sustenance and our hope. If bad economies are what it takes to teach us the value of our truest assets, than, at worst, we will have learned a good lesson from a very difficult teacher. Or if poverty is our gateway to discovering real riches in God's eternal kingdom, then even our losses are the doorway to everlasting wealth.

—Arlin Weaver

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