Back in the 1950’s, a Time magazine reporter interviewed a world-famous pianist about his work. The reporter asked: “What’s most challenging about playing the piano?” The pianist thought for a moment and replied: “I do OK with the notes, but the spaces between the notes give me lots of trouble.”
What he meant, of course, was that he was very competent at the mechanics of playing the piano, but found the subtlety and nuance of making music, getting the “spaces between the notes” right, a continual life-long challenge. This is at times similar to life situations. We lived in a time of economic boom for the last decade and now come a time of recession.
Recession is characterized by large layoffs, and more jobless people, with many formerly high-paid manufacturing and professional employees being forced into much lower paid service positions.
The picture I have known for some time that the market moves in approximately 15 year cycles. The market goes up for 15 years then seems to go sideways for the next 15 years. This growth and then consolidation pattern happens frequently through out history. And then there is an important factor of market correction.
Recession is not new term. We have all studies about the great depression between 1929 and 1933. It made a nice rebound following the depression. Recessions are relatively short and can be very violent to investors in the stock market. The expansion period following recessions are much longer and historically quite good.
I had not given a serious thought about the current situation, until a friend of mine called me last day from the middle east asking for prayer. His company’s new projects were either put on hold or cancelled. So there was a great risk of loosing his job.
What does God expect from his children during this crisis?
After you see God work in amazing ways, its easy and we often put our guards down. You have been to the spiritual mountain and stood on its peak. Who would have guessed a steep slope lay before you. The truth is that no spiritual experience or exercise can protect you from a failure.
At times when we have an economic boom or a successful times, the Church and God’s people tend to forget or get into a kind of comfort zone. The dependency on God replaces with the materialistic or financial stability. So this is a time when God’s people or the Church as a whole can look back for their trust and dependency on God.
No matter how much we have been in relation with God, he still loves us. This brings hope to God’s people. We can remember Jeremiah 29 : 11, there God promises to his children “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God’s people should know that this crisis of a short period is not a stage where they would be destroyed, but all those who can call upon his name they have a prosperous future.
In Psalm 34:19, it says “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” Yes, you got it right, indeed it means – ALL.
Psalm 34: 9 says “Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.” It is for you. The economy may be going down. Finance may be low. Financial institutions may be collapsing, but when you fear God, you will lack nothing.
So this is the time to cheer up, and shout aloud – “even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I shall fear no evil”. Don’t look at what the wall street journal says, but trust what God’s promise for you is. This is the day that the LORD has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Our struggles are temporal. Your eyes have not seen, your ears have not heard what the Lord has stored in for you.
In Luke 15, we read about the prodigal son. During the famine he had nothing, He lost everything, he had no one to call upon. The only option for him was to end his life. But then he thought about his father. If you are reading this article and you are in a similar situation this moment, remember your father in Heaven is waiting with arms open wide. Just call upon the name of Jesus. All those who call on hi name will be saved and will never be ashamed.
When there was a famine in the time of Joseph, He had everything in store. The people went to Pharaoh for help, but the Pharaoh said – “Go to Joseph”. That’s a real man of God. In times of famine God provided Elijah with the best food, which no one except the king could afford in the entire nation.
So if you are in God’s had this moment “He is going to take you through this. You will walk though water, it will not drown you. When you pass through fire it will not burn you.
But I don’t see a Hope
You shall not see rain, You shall not see wind, but your valley shall be filled with water. And this is a small thing in the sight of God.
So cheer up. This is the YEAR of FULFILMENT for you.