Many people are facing personal tragedies as a result of the current financial crisis, and even more could be affected if the economy as a whole slows down more. People have lost their house. Plans to retire soon may have to be postponed. Some government programs will be cut back, affecting millions. Some people may be laid off from their job if the economy slows even more. Some people may be forced into bankruptcy. We may go into a multi-year world-wide depression.
Can anything good come out of this mess? God can work things for the good, and here’s some good that could possibly come out of the current economic disaster:
People may turn to God out of desperation, praying “foxhole prayers” for help and committing their lives to God.
The nation may turn around spiritually, looking to God once more as it had for most of its history.
2 Chronicles 7:14: [I]f my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. NRSV
Revival may come as people become more receptive to the moving of God’s Spirit in their lives.
People may start placing their trust in God, and not in human institutions, materialism, or other worldly things that will let you down.
Psalm 20:7: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. NIV
I encourage you to turn back to God if you have been distant from him. Now is a good time to recommit your life to God. God may not spare you from the bad effects of the economic situation, but will help you cope with them. God will help you, strengthen you, and give you peace.
Psalms 46:1-3: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. NIV