Desiring God had a very appropriate post today concerning the recession, seeing as how today I received notice that I no longer will be needed at my place of employment. I received a great deal of encouragement from this posting and wanted to share it with my brothers and sisters in Christ who may be experiencing a recession of their own, be it monetarily or otherwise. God is faithful and I'm confident in Him that He will see us through this time of trial. Psalm 56:3-4
What Is the Recession For?
February 2, 2009 | By: David Mathis
Category: DG Resources
This week's sermon: "What Is the Recession For?"
God is sovereign over all finances. Any economic recession—global or personal—is never less than recession-by-divine-design.
When the economy plummets, God has his purposes—perhaps thousands upon thousands of purposes. Some of these purposes he has made known in his Book.
At least 5 of them are:
1. To expose hidden sin and so bring us to repentance and cleansing.
2. To wake us up to the constant and desperate condition of the developing world where there is always and only recession of the worst kind.
3. To relocate the roots of our joy in his grace rather than in our goods—in his mercy rather than our money, in his worth rather than our wealth.
4. To advance his saving mission in the world—the spread of the gospel and the growth of his church
5. To bring his church to care for its hurting members and to grow in the gift of love.
2 Corinthians 8:1 2 might be the clearest "recession text" in the Bible. It describes the roots of the joy of the Macedonian believers in their "recession." In their "severe test of affliction" and "extreme poverty," their abundant joy "overflowed in a wealth of generosity."
Their generosity didn't come from prosperity but from God's grace—and this grace rooted in "our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9)