Times of Financial Difficulties

I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread (Psalms 37:25). This popularly quoted scripture is one that the righteous may refer to and get consolation from in these difficult economic times. This is a fitting time to encourage the saints. Even during a recession, God is on your side and will not allow you to beg for bread. We want you to understand this economic time, how to make it through as a saint and where to place your confidence.

The current economic situation looks bleak all over the world. We are currently in a recession. A recession is a period when total output, income, and employment goes down. This period usually last for six months or more and is shown by the widespread contraction of business activity in many parts of the economy. During this time, many people become unemployed. This definition truly describes the times we are facing. Some of the saints have lost jobs and feel the effects of this economic climate—it rains on the just as well as the unjust.

How do saints manage or fare when faced with this economic downturn? As money has tightened and jobs have been loss, we must face the reality of limited resources and become good stewards over that which the Lord has provided us. The scripture teaches us that a little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked (Psalms 37:16). It doesn’t take as much to live as one might think. The wicked live in covetousness and the righteous have contentment. To be content is to be satisfied with such things as you have.

Apostle Paul learned to be content in whatever state he found himself in: I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:11-13). Saints are instructed to let their conversation be without covetousness (Hebrews 13:5). Our conversation is not only the things we talk about but also our total behavior. Therefore, we should not have covetous behavior and desire to have everything we see. These principles will help us to manage with little income and small budgets.

Rich in the word

Where should saints place their confidence during this time when jobs are scarce, pay is being cut and expenses are rising? Our confidence is in the Lord. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me (Hebrews 13:5-6). The Lord helped Elijah when it hadn’t rained for three years and six months; he was fed by the ravens and was sustained until the Lord sent rain upon the earth (I Kings 17:1-9). The Lord took care of Elijah during that great drought of rain and if he took care of him, he can certainly take care of us, his saints during this financial drought. Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed (Psalms 37:3). Many people have placed their confidence in wealth and jobs, but this confidence is misplaced, for these things are uncertain. Paul warned Timothy to charge those who are rich in this world not to trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God (I Timothy 6:17).

The recession we are in is being felt by saints and sinners, but saints should be able to go through having contentment and the joy of the Lord. For our confidence is in the Lord. He may not supply all of our wants, but he will supply us our needs. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory be Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Please continue to visit the True Church of God in Christ web- site for practical things to do to be good stewards of your income such as spending less than you make through budgeting and finding bargains.