Why These Hard Times Are Good For You

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Throughout the bible, fellowship with Christ and fellowship with the saints often involved not peace & prosperity, but suffering & heartache.  Is this to say that we cannot be blessed or cannot have a lot, God forbid.  The Lord wants us to be able to live righteously in either scenario. According to the bible it is important for us to be content with what we have, be it a lot or be it a little.

In Philippians 4:11-13 Paul gives this wisdom, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

The amazing insight given us in this verse is one of complete reliance on the things of God.  Are you worrisome toward the economy or toward your situation?  You need to get right with God.  You need to repent of your reliance on things of this world.  You need to turn toward God, put all things into His hands and truly trust that He is able to provide all your needs.

This “recession” or “depression” or whatever it may be is a time given us of God to remember Him! To wake up out of our slumber of sin & idolatry to truly worship Him and to rely on Him for all things.  He is simply waiting for each of us to do just that!  When will we follow Him?  When will we turn from our wicked ways?  When will we return to the bible way of truth?  When will we repent of our unbelief and turn again to complete & utter reliance upon the Lord and His glorious gospel.  Won’t you do just that today my friend?  Wherever you are, pray that the Lord might forgive you for your sin of unbelief, and that He might lead you again down the path of righteousness through Christ Jesus.

Oh that we would return to the Lord and follow Him in rigtheousness!  Hating sin but loving the sinner.  Being content in all things.  Seeking the face of the living God.  These things are the way of bible economics my friend.

The Lord has laid it on my heart to leave you with the ultimate financial wisdom in Matthew 6:19-34.  Please do read it.

19: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22: The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23: But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26: Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32: (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34: 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.

I trust that the Lord will use His Word to work in your life.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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1 Mom

May God richly bless you this day, my boy. That chapter in Matthew keeps me going in good times and troubled times, too. Americans are prone to the sin of self reliance; I believe it is built into the nature of our countrymen. It is a quality that we admire and therefore, it is very difficult to view reliance on the Lord as a virtue. It seems to us to be more like weakness than strength. I am finding as I get older and less physically strong that it is easier to believe and to integrate the necessity to rely on the Lord. He is taking away my own strength, but replacing it with His never ending strength. It is too bad that we are so stiff necked that things must be taken from us before we recognize the gifts that are ours for the taking! Thank you for your heart for the Lord!

2 DebtFREEk!

Thank the Lord for He is all in all!

I resemble your comment as well. The older I get the more I too need to cling to Him. It reminds me of this bit of wisdom from Ecclesiastes 11:9-10, “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

3 Jeffrey Van Camp

I like this quote: “34: 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.”

4 DebtFREEk!

…and how true that is Mr. Van Camp!

5 Mom

Yes, He is telling us that we need not waste time worrying about the future. He will provide us with what we need because He loves us. He wants to give us every opportunity to choose to live our lives for Him and to have our mansion in Heaven. He knows we need food and clothing and shelter. Trusting the unknown and the unseen is difficult, but is the very definition of faith.

6 sadie

This was just what I needed to read! Thank you so much for reminding me what is truly important in life. I have been so focused on getting out of debt I have overlooked this wonderful message. My soul has been nourished for the day! Thank you so much!

7 DebtFREEk!

Praise God for His Word and how it cuts to our heart!

The truth contained in the Holy Book is amazing and unmatchable, just like the grace of our Lord! I’m thankful that He spoke to you through this post.

Thanks Sadie.

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