Spiritual light on economic woes

Whether we live in the United States, in Europe, or some other part of the world, economic conditions, especially in nations with large amounts of debt, seem intractable. Economic analysts make many dire predictions for the future. One day as I was praying about this issue, I had a flash of insight: Prophecies of doom and gloom have to be false because they dishonor the goodness of God. When this thought first struck me, it was the word dishonor that really stood out.

God’s goodness is always with us, and we dishonor God when we doubt His care. The prophet Isaiah declared, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear” (Isaiah 59:1). It’s only when we turn away from God and ignore His omnipotence that problems seem too big. As we prayerfully listen for God’s direction and follow it, we find the answers we need. And we are also honoring God.

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