Keys to Surviving Financial Crisis (part 1)
It’s certainly no secret that many are still experiencing significant economic crisis. It has impacted us all – businesses, ministries, employment, investments, resources. During this “season”, I thought of the old testament prophet Habakkuk. He went through similar anguish when he spoke these powerful words in Habbakuk 3:17-19:
17 Even though the fig trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines, even though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no grain, even though the sheep all die and the cattle stalls are empty, 18 I will still be joyful and glad, because the LORD God is my savior. 19 The Sovereign LORD gives me strength. He makes me sure-footed as a deer and keeps me safe on the mountains.
He knew a “secret” about surviving and even thriving – he must get closer to God. In spite of the circumstances, the strain and the hardship, Habbakuk chose joyful gladness because he knew the secret – “the Lord God is my savior”.
In spite of our natural inclination for anxiety,worry and even fear during this economic fallout, we can do just what God encourages us to do – get closer to Him.
Psalm 73:28 says, “But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”
So if you find that your financial stability is threatened and your future is unclear, let me encourage you to get close to the Lord. Pray. Read your Bible. Sing and worship Him. Go for walks and talk to God. You will find He will give you strength and make you sure-footed in these rocky times. Put your trust in Him as your refuge (protector) and savior. Verbalize it to Him over and over. Then when all is said and done, and you come through this you will have a story to tell of God’s works in your life.