Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Recession Fighters (Part 2, Conclusion)
If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones.
Isaiah 58:10-11 (NKJV)
We learn from Jeremiah that God may afflict a nation, but save individuals. Recession fighter #1 is maintaining hope and faith in God--no matter our circumstances, no matter what the rest of the world is doing. Believing our Lord means believing His Word. Believing His Word means following His rules. As a start, review the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20).
Recession fighter #2 is tithing: God's Personal promise of plenty: ' 'Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,' says the Lord of Hosts, 'If I will not open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it' ' (Malachi 3:10).
Recession fighter #3 is helping those in need. 'Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same' (Luke 3:11). Hoarding is forbidden. We must give to everyone who asks because Jesus said, 'Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you, do not turn away' (Matthew 5:42). Fringe benefit: if we help them, God will help us.
Recession fighter #4 is serving God with a whole and willing heart. The following Scripture reveals two different outcomes during times of recession for those who serve God and those who do not:
'Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Behold, My servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; Behold, My servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; Behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you shall be ashamed; Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart' ' (Isaiah 65:13-14).
To sum it up--through hope, faith, tithing, mercy, and service to Christ, God is truly our Recession Fighter. We don't have to enter this battle at all--except to help others. God wins it for us.
King David puts it this way; 'I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread' (Psalm 37:25).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Recession Fighters series.