We can see how the COVID-19 virus and the corresponding measures by the government have demoralized most people’s sense of financial security. In just twenty-two days, the stock market values plummeted thirty-two percent, millions of jobs were lost, and we found ourselves waiting in lines at the stores, hoping to get our hands on a package of chicken or toilet paper. The seemingly solid ground of the American economy on which we stood in February was taken out from under us.
There are moments in life where God brings clarity to a passage of Scripture that possibly has been read dozens-if not hundreds-of times before. How true the words of Proverbs 23:5 ring out today: “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” I am thankful for God’s wake-up calls, and this one is no different. Our security is in Christ alone, spiritually and physically.
We can easily be shaken by financial matters that we see with our eyes. Seeing the news and reports of lost jobs; 401k,and investment values dropping; and potentially seeing our paychecks shrink, can all cause us to worry and fret if we let them. Yet we should be encouraged that, as children of God, we have His many precious promises: that He will not let the righteous suffer, and that we are not called to live by sight, but by faith. It is by faith that we look to God, his Word, and his promises both to work in our lives and to provide in a way that is according to His will. We may not know the answers or exactly how He will do it, but we trust Him so when He provides for us and meets our needs, He gets the glory. We cannot applaud ourselves for the wonderful way in which we work out our finances, but we give Him glory, and that is His goal. We, as his children, are to give Him glory in our lives, our words, and our actions. The lost around us then see our faith and joy-even amid financial struggles-and that fulfills the Word of God in which we read, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” This is a testimony to the lost; and it strengthens our faith, further equipping us in advancing the Kingdom of God.
Psalm 37:3 encourages the child of God with this promise, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shall thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” I would encourage you to prayerfully read Psalm 37 this week. As if the author wrote it for today, this psalm touches on the evildoers around us and God’s protection and provision for his children.