No matter where you get your news, you’ve almost certainly seen headlines like these:
- Despite a strong labor market, inflation remains a top concern for many Americans
- Stocks trade lower at the open as recession fears grow
- International Monetary Fund: Prolonged high inflation dims outlook for world economy
The common thread? Concerns, worries, and fears...without any certainty.
Maybe we're entering a recession...
It's possible inflation will only get worse...
Perhaps the world economy is about to crumble before our eyes...
...but maybe not.
Hope at Our Fingertips
Yet amid so much economic uncertainty and insecurity—a global marketplace scrambling to navigate the unknown future—hope and answers are at our fingertips.
Not in the headlines...but in the pages of God’s Word!
In Psalm 37, we discover a simple yet unbelievably powerful principle that will anchor us in these days of financial instability:
“Trust in the Lord”—Psalm 37:3
We find true stability in this unstable world only when we trust in God.
Placing Our Trust in God
To trust is to be confident—to possess a strong sense of security. When we trust, we place confidence in someone or something. Trust is not an emotion that just springs up in the heart, as anger, jealousy, or sadness does. It is always a choice based on reason.
We use evidence and discernment to conclude that this man or that bank or this investment is “trustworthy.” Yes, God gives us the faith to act, but He first gives us a choice to make.
To illustrate the process, let’s take a look at the stock market, which is based on high-level choices of trust. If you don’t trust in a company, you don’t buy its stock. The stock price represents an index of the overall trust people have in a company.
Prior to investing, wise people first investigate to determine if there are grounds for trust, and then they depend on God to guide their decisions. Having placed their trust in God first and foremost, they need not live in fear of loss. Even if a material loss occurs, God promises to meet the needs of His children.
In fact, the Bible is filled with repetitions of this promise. For example…
- Psalm 23 tells us that the Lord is our Shepherd, so we shall not lack.
- Jesus pointed to the birds and the flowers and noted that if God feeds and clothes them, won’t He do the same for His very own children (Matthew 6:25-33)?
- And in Psalm 37, David tells us that in his long life, he has never seen God fail to meet needs (verse 25). His experience has proved God to be worthy of our trust. He will work things out.
- Paul says the same: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
- Not to mention the Lord’s promise that He “is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
It’s easy to say we believe in these promises, but when financial anxiety looms like an approaching storm, we’re forced to confront our faith level. Do we really believe God is in control? Easy living does nothing for faith; when the weather is fine, we drift into the illusion of adequacy. We think we have it all figured out and under control.
Trust in God will not make the pain go away, but it does provide the confidence that He will provide what we truly need. In Christ our hope stands tall, solid, and untouchable. In Him we have a home that outshines the sun, an inheritance that can never perish, and treasures that can never be taken from us. No inflation, recession, or economic event of this world can touch what He gives to those who trust in Him.
This is a message our world certainly needs to hear right now.
And today I warmly invite you to stand with us in sharing this message across the country and around the world with multitudes who urgently need to hear it.
Multitudes are hungry for hope amidst uncertainty...for someone they can trust with confidence. The only answer is Jesus Christ—and together, through Turning Point, we’re pointing multitudes to Him by delivering the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world.
Please pray and give generously today as God leads. Thank you!