Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Recession Fighters (Part 1)
Days Of Recession
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)
'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance' (Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 3, 1933, First Inaugural Address). I encourage you to google and listen to this short speech by a great orator, by a president who took office in the height of the worst economy in our nation's history: the Great Depression.
President Roosevelt concludes his address with a public plea to our Lord: 'In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.' God answered. He lifted America from depression to prosperity while leading the world to freedom in World War ll.
In the book of Jeremiah, 'the weeping prophet' had plenty to cry about, as the nation of Israel was about to reap utter defeat. Unlike President Roosevelt, its leaders did not bow down in humility to God. Therefore, His wrath grew fierce against generations of idol-worshipping children. 'They shall die gruesome deaths' (Jeremiah 16:4).
Yet, smack dab in the middle of hard words with devastating consequences for Israel, God plants hope. He promises prosperity. The 'man who trusts in the Lord' will be like a green, fruit-bearing tree in the midst of drought. Unfortunately, God does not promise 'the forest' will be green, but only a leaf, a tree, a man.
In other words, God's promise was isolated to certain individuals who resisted idol-worship, fear, and the coming of the great depression through hope and faith in the Maker of Heaven and earth, the Giver of all things good.
Therefore, Recession-Fighter #1 is hope and faith in God--especially 'In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:15). Because 'Those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles' (Isaiah 40:31).
Flying high is progression--not recession.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Recession Fighters series.