Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Poor economy: The Ingredients for a Revolution

There is so much unrest in our country right now. The state of our economy is dire straits. I don't pay to much attention to what is taking place in the media because I feel like every bit of news has spin on it. Either spin from man's opinion or worse from man's intention. This morning the state of our economy hit me right in the heart-no spin. One of my best friends called me and told me his company was making cut backs that would affect him. This is a guy who is tremendously successful and even his job is in limbo.

How do we look at the situation of our country as Christians? I suppose there are a number of things to do: love our neighbors, comfort those in distress, provide for those who suffer financially, etc. If we allow ourselves to dream I think there is greater possibility in the state of our nation.

When David was declared on Israel’s most wanted list he hid from Saul in the Cave of Adullam. David was in complete despair (Psalm 142). Deep in the recesses of this cave David cried out for deliverance from his God. His family and friends heard of Davids situation and gathered to him. Not only that, scripture tells us that, "everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him." 1 Sam 22:2.

How many people are in distress, in debt and discontented in our country today as a result of our economic burdens? Allow me to shift your perspective on our lowly economy. Israel was coming off of it's darkest days when the cave of Adullam birthed David's Mighty Men. This group of men eventually made David king and King David lead an entire nation back to God. And thus you have the ingredients for a revolution: those in debt, distressed and discontented.

I pray that our economic challenges we face would result in a group of Men who unite together to deliver a lost nation back to the One True God. My prayers also go out to those who have lost homes, investments and jobs in recent days. May your hope rest in the Almighty.

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