National and international financial situations are complex. The only economics I understand are personal. I understand my income and expenses. My personal finances are also the only economics that I can control. I influence my income and have much control over my expenses.
In a radio report heard recently, the reporter stated that unemployment in the U.S. continues to be high. Retail stores are disappointed that Americans are not spending much money. Folks are avoiding common items like new clothing and small kitchen appliances. Families are remodeling their homes instead of buying new ones.
I’m being careful, too. Each month, a bit of money goes into savings. My wife and I aren’t eating out as much as we did previously. We give to our church and other ministries.
My ultimate confidence does not depend on my salary or thrift. Instead, I believe that the Lord will take care of us. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27
That doesn’t mean that we can lay back, relax, and do nothing. The Apostle Paul said, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.’” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
So, both are true. We can do what we can. And, we trust God to do what only He can do. That may seem like a contradiction, but it’s more simple than listening to the explanations and predictions of economists.
What is going to happen next? I don’t know. But I’m going to work, give, serve, and trust God. Not too complex, is it?
Article written by:
Western Missouri Regional Vice President
Missouri Baptist Foundation