Chances are very good that you have personally felt some pain already from this economic slump. Is there a silver lining in the economic cloud hanging in the sky over us? I believe so.
The good news of a bad economy is…
(a) We have a better opportunity to search our hearts and really know if money is an idol in our lives (1 John 5.21).
(b) We have a greater opportunity to place our trust in the Lord to be our Provider and experience his faithfulness (Philippians 4.19).
(c) We have an opportunity to become more disciplined in our spending habits and thus become better stewards of that which God has entrusted to us (1 Corinthians 4.2).
(d) We may have the blessing of spending less on fulfilling our own desires, causing us to rethink our desires and get them more aligned with God’s (Psalm 37.4).
(e) Perhaps Christians who have gotten sucked into the false prosperity gospel (“God wants you to be rich”) will be forced to rethink the lies they are believing and return to a Biblical view of money and wealth (Proverbs 30.7-9).
(f) Families, being forced to spend less money on entertainment, will actually spend more time interacting with each other in meaningful conversation and play.
I am not making light of the real pain and suffering that comes from a bad economy. I recognize the pain of people being out of work, less money going to worthy charitable causes, less money being spent on worthwhile medical research, etc. But I believe God is sovereign and He can and will take the bad and make good of it. These are just a few of the ways I can see that happening. Can you think of any other ways?