What’s a recession?
It’s my fridge looking emptier, my budget tighter, my future more uncertain, my sheets bearing the marks of my nightly tossing and turning, and my heart overwhelmed, angsty, and in despair.
When our economy starts declining, the treasures of earth turn to vapor—our plans, our paychecks, and our pursuits—and we are left wondering what to cling to. The catastrophe outside created a crisis within. Loss exposes where we put our hope. It reveals what we value. And, it shows us what we hold on to most tightly.
You won’t find economic tips, predictions of prosperity, or political opinions here: just hope. Hope for you, and hope for the world, in the same place we have found it—in God’s Word.
God’s truth endures forever. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Though all else passes away, God’s Word won’t (Matthew 24:35). He is still speaking, and of all the news being directed at you today, it’s the Lord who made heaven and earth that you need to hear.
Through his Word, God fixes our sight on himself: the one who is truly in control. He invites us to pray to him and carry our cares to his throne. He reminds us of where to rest our hopes—on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ in his life, death, and resurrection. And he asks us to patiently wait for him to provide for his children as he promises. The recession may not go—at least for a while—but there is refuge and relief for all those who trust in the Lord of all that’s going on.
Our Creator, in his Word, reminds us that all things come from him. It’s painfully humbling to experientially realize our dependence on God in times of crisis. Though God may be loosing our grip from this world, he’s not a taker by nature. On the contrary, he has given us many good gifts—life, family, friends, work, education, and athletics—so that through them we might find the Giver (Acts 17:24-28).
We’re wondering what to cling to. Would you believe today that the Lord of heaven and earth wants you to hold tightly to his hand (Psalm 73:23-24)? Know that it might take pulling all else out of our hands for us to cling to his. We cannot pretend to know all his ways, but we can rest on what he has told us in his Word, and we can know him.