The phrase "consumer confidence" is something we often hear associated with economic cycles of depression and recovery. What people have confidence in apparently has much to do with determining the direction of future trends. If changing opinions are somehow tied to prosperity, however, that may be why society is finding economic recession and revival to be so variable and unpredictable. Perhaps less attention should be given to mass opinion and more thought to relying on God for the permanent goodness that includes and blesses everyone.

Actually, dealing with "consumer confidence" isn't a challenge unique to this era. Something rather similar to it appears in the Old Testament of the Bible. Job once said, "If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence ... this also were an iniquity. ..." Later, he recognized real substance to be God—a dependable and trustworthy source of spiritual good. That recognition, and Job's transformation, brought healing to every aspect of his life.

August 17, 1992

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