Thursday, August 29, 2013

How Will God Provide During an Economic Crisis?

(The following is taken from The Sure Cure for Worry, Chosen Books 2013, pages 197-198)

No one is really worried about starving to death when everything is going well. But if the country were to plunge into an economic depression, nearly everyone would panic. How will God provide for His people during an economic crisis?

The story of Elijah demonstrates how the Lord can provide food and water during a famine or drought. The prophet Elijah “prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months” (James 5:17). Sometimes the Lord will allow a country to suffer hardship so that the people will have a change in heart and surrender their lives to Him. Even when a nation is going through a depression or another crisis, He still promises to make sure His people are provided for.

Learning to follow God’s leading will keep you from worrying because He can show you what to do in every situation. After the Lord quit sending rain in Israel, He told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith. “It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there. . . . The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook” (1 Kings 17:4, 6). Because Elijah followed God’s guidance, he received the provision he needed.

Notice that God commanded the ravens to provide for Elijah. This gives us an insight into how the Lord can provide for His people in unusual ways during difficult times. God spoke to the birds and they went out and found food, and the Lord showed them exactly where to fly to find Elijah. Later God commanded a widow to provide for him (1 Kings 17:9).

Do you understand the lesson here? He knows exactly where you are and how to deliver His provision to you. Every day the birds flew in breakfast and supper (the first airline food). Elijah did not worry about where they got the food or if they would show up on time. God simply wants you to obey Him, and He will take care of providing for you.
Are you worried about an economic collapse or some other tragedy?  Read The Sure Cure for Worry

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