For many, the economic trend of the country has become quite challenging. According to recent reports, the cost of living for the average family has increased an extra $276.
Recently, I heard a metaphorical remark that someone had to sell one of their children to buy gas. Although this might sound humorous, feeding your family and avoiding homelessness is no laughing matter.
One of the most common phrases “living from paycheck to paycheck” should only be spoken during a scene from an afternoon soap opera. Instead, it has taken a lead role in today’s economic drama. Anxiety and fear have swept in like a cold winter wind, and doubt in the faithfulness and promises of God looms in our minds like an endless video.
Some of us may have faced this situation or similar ones in the past. For others, this may be a new experience. But really, it does not matter. There is no breach in the covenant God made with mankind.
God’s covenant was sworn to by none greater than Himself. (Hebrews 6:13) He would be a liar if He broke His own Word. That would be a conundrum since it is impossible for Him to lie. (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18)
God’s promises are guaranteed through His covenant. God would never leave the care of His creations and the fulfillment of His promises in the hands of mankind. He is the only one who is able and who will fill every need. (Philippians 4:19)
Contracts made by His creations contain buckets of clauses and loopholes, making them debatable and subject to change. Even our great Constitution is frequently subject to the decision of a nine-judge panel.
Quite often when we speak of His promises, our minds quickly create images of a “get out of debt” windfall, a line of credit, or an entitlement based on notions of deserving. We have been conditioned to believe that economic success is based on wealth, ownership, fame, and pleasure. Flash!!! It is time to alter this view.
Although His promises are secure, they come with certain accessories of responsibility:
There is nothing in this three-dimensional world that can compete with, or rival God’s promises—health, prosperity, peace, love, success, healing, forgiveness, and eternal life. (3 John 2; John 3:16; Joshua 1:7). However, the fruit of His covenant is only released when we bypass the shaky road and choose the narrow road where we are guaranteed a bumper harvest.
Our daily endurance and our eternal existence depend upon our choice!