Yesterday while enplaning, I spotted a young Christian businessman whom I had attempted to influence a couple of years ago toward growing spiritually. At that time, he gently nudged me aside, explaining that the pressing demands of his newly formed consulting firm left little room for spiritual matters.
An hour later, as we deplaned, he commented on the current economic crisis in Asia and the extreme stress he was under. As we waited to go through immigration, I asked him if he was spending regular time with God. The answer was no.
Within minutes after clearing immigration, George, a friend who heads a mid-sized firm, picked me up. For some time now, he and I have been working together on developing his consistent walk with God. As we headed for the city the subject of the severe state of the economy again came up. Immediately I was struck, by way of contrast, with his calm response to the grave situation. God, he assured, would give wisdom in seeing him and his company through the downturn.
It was apparent to me that because he had been hiding the Scriptures in his heart during his daily times of prayer and meditation, he was indeed prepared to trust God through the current period of financial stress.
As George was sharing, several passages came to mind from my own time with God that very morning:
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears… ”
“This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles… ”
“Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing… ”
“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all… ”
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” (Psalm 34:4, 6, 9, 19; 37:25 )
QUESTION: So, what do you do when everything in the economic picture seems to turn sour? Tighten your stomach muscles and power through it? Invent new schemes for survival? Peddle faster? Panic?
Or rest? Trust? Wait? And quietly seek His direction?
I guess the answer depends upon to whom you have been looking to supply your daily needs: Yourself or God. If it is you, then you ought to be in a state of panic, because I doubt if any of us are that good!