Recently, my dad shared with me a conversation he had with another brother in the Lord. This man was expressing deep concern. As the stock market has gone further and further down, he has watched years of his effort seem to disappear into nothingness. He was seeking Dad out for insight and encouragement on the subject.
As I thought about their interaction, this Scripture came to mind:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17, NIV).
If there were ever a time that this verse was relevant, it is now! (Of course it always has been, but this current chapter of history sure brings it home to our hearts). Are you feeling it? The uncertainty of wealth? I don’t personally know anyone who hasn’t felt its effects during these times we are presently living through.
Even as I am working on writing this, I just received a message from someone in California saying that she just paid $5.89 a gallon to fill up her truck. Together, we praised Jesus that we are not tied down to the economy of this world, but connected into Heaven’s economy!
Here in Peru, so many of our dear brothers and sisters were already struggling financially, before the pandemic pulled the rug out from under so many. Now, inflation has caused prices to steadily rise for basic staples. Like never before, we have to teach our people to live out this biblical principle: not hoping in money, but directly in God, who truly cares for all our needs.
My friend, He is so worthy of our deep trust. Furthermore, He doesn’t need a good, strong earthly economy to provide “all things for our enjoyment.” He is God. All sufficiency is in His very nature. And He is our Father that loves us more than anything. We can rest our souls in His goodness and live unafraid, even during uncertain times.
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5, NKJV).
We can grow up into a place where our expectation is from Him – only Him – for what is coming, up ahead. Where we live expectant of His goodness in the land of the living, of His provision of rich blessings for us to enjoy. In that place, our expectation does not hinge on the condition of our nation’s economy. It doesn’t give any credence to the menacing threats the enemy tries whisper in our ears of doomsday and dread.
Instead, our expectation is from God alone. Our soul waits for Him in anticipation. Our hope is in the One who delights to do us good, with everything inside Him.
“I will rejoice in doing them good… with all my heart and soul” (Jer. 32:41, NIV).
Do you know, in your heart of hearts, that your Daddy relishes the joy of providing good things for your enjoyment?