The news is that the economy is not in good shape. You can’t turn on the radio or TV without hearing that it is up to our officials to do something about it. Some are worrying about keeping a job or having hours cut back. Others are concerned that they may not be able to retire. And those on retirement are concerned that they may have to go back to work since retirement accounts have dropped significantly the last few years. That’s the worldview of our present situation. What’s a person to do?
Christian economics is rooted in God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10) “The Lord is My Shepherd I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) Jesus said, “I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) He said to seek first His righteousness and the necessities of life would be provided. (Matt 6:33) The apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians that God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19) Furthermore Paul stated that he learned to be content no matter what his situation. He learned to live in humble means and in prosperity. He could live either way because he could do “all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)
Our life as Christians is not in the abundance of things. The problem is that many in the church have bought into this idea that God will prosper us materially. You can see it all the time on “christian” television. Send your money to them and God will bless you financially. Really?
When Jesus fed the five thousand, Andrew found a lad who had five loaves of bread and two fish. And he responded, “ but what are these for so many people?” Jesus multiplied them so that there were twelve baskets of food left over. The people followed Him then because they saw the signs and ate the loaves. (John 6:9, 26) But Jesus exhorts them not to work for food that perishes but for the food that endures to eternal life.
The world’s hope is in human institutions and charismatic leaders. Our hope is in the One who made us and gave Himself for us. Can we say with the Psalmists, “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth.” (73:25)