Does the current economic crisis have you on edge, to put it mildly? It’s something I’ve been battling for a few weeks now, this sort of edge of fear and anxiety, though I know the perfect love of God casts out all fear. Yesterday morning, I had a little glimpse of God’s perspective that set me free from that fear – even the edge of it, and I want to pass it along to you. I want to make clear that I do not have all the answers, all the what-abouts and how does that fit this theology, etc. I’m just giving you what I was given to understand by the Holy Spirit, and trust that He will help you see it and even more.
I had turned to Matthew 6 in the Amplified Bible to read what we refer to as the Lord’s Prayer, particularly verse 10, where Jesus says, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” How often that has come out of my mouth in prayer and declaration when praying for this nation, and when praying for the body of Christ. I continued reading in Matthew 6 until I got to verse 24, where I felt like part of the verse practically screamed at me. Jesus begins this verse by saying, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).” The word cannot was so big to me in that moment, and I saw this as the root problem in our economy.
Jesus spoke very definitely that we cannot serve Him and money, too, yet that is exactly what we have been trying to do. In His mercy, it has been allowed for a time; but now in His mercy, He is exposing it so we will return to serving only Him – and all as a result of praying and declaring “Your kingdom come, and Your will be done right here in Your church and in this nation!” He led us to pray it because He wants to move in mighty ways here, but He didn’t show us just how He was going to work it out. (Sometimes, it is just better that we don’t know all the steps ahead of time!)
In that moment of revelation, any power of fear over me in these times was ended, praise the Lord! Though I still don’t know how He’s going to complete it, I know the Greater One lives in me, and He is fully trustworthy, even when things are in upheaval and seemingly turned topsy-turvy for a time. I couldn’t help but exclaim Romans 11:33 & 34 Amplified, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)! For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor?” In God’s infinite wisdom, He knows what is needed to return His people to Him. When we do as 2 Chronicles 7:14 says – humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways (serving mammon), then He will fulfill His part of that promise – hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land.
No, I don’t know the specifics of how God will heal our economy, but I know He has promised to do so when we turn away from serving money to serving the One True God. He will forgive us, helping us change so that His kingdom will be made known on earth (through us, glory to God!) as it is in heaven!