It's a dismal time for economies all around the world.  Bankers are running for the hills, retailers are trying to make sense of slowing buying trends, and churches all over the country are wondering how they are going to keep the doors open.  It's a tough time economically here in America, and all over the globe.

If you're someone who looks at the 'state of the union' through the eyes of the press, it can often time be overwhelming and feel like the sky is falling; but rest assured, God is still in control.

If you've lost your job, and you find yourself wondering how to make ends meet, remember; the same God you served in good financial times is still sitting on the throne of heaven.

If you've found it hard to pay for school right now, and you might have to take some time off; it's certainly not a fun decision, but God still owns everything on the planet.

In fact, Psalm 50:10-11, "For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field in mine."

He owns everything!!  He owns the cattle.  He owns the birds.  He owns the land.  He owns everything.

Look, I know the hardships this economy is bringing on markets and ministry.  I've seen it as I travel from city to city, and church to church.  I've sen the families being effected by slowdown, and sometimes the outright stop in cash flow.  This is a hard time. 

Please know, I certainly don't want to minimize the seriousness, or trivialize the pain of someone loosing their job. This is a hard time here in our country, there's no mistake about it.

But I remember a phrase I read on the back of a T-shirt when I first met Hank Harmon.  Hank runs a small operation out at the Kanakuk in Missouri.  His program takes students out to the wilderness of Missouri, and wisdom just dwells around this guy. 

He was wearing a t-shirt one day that said, "Faith isn't faith, until it's all you're holding onto." 

It's time that God's people show the world where our confidence lies.  I want to be known as someone who can truth in God in all circumstances, don't you?

We don't put our trust in the dollar, even though we all had good times in recent years.
We don't put our trust in the growth of businesses, even though we've seen multiple business expand in recent history.
We don't ground our confidence in earthly treasure. 

It was Jesus who said, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 5:19-21)

This is certainly not an easy time, but it does give us the potential to live out what Jesus said. 

The opportunity to show the world how we care for others is ever present.

If you still have your job, be sure you're still reaching out to help other people in need.
If you find yourself in financial straights, remember it's ok to reach out and ask for help, that's what makes togetherness, well…together.
We can be the model of how people can look out for each other, and when this downturn takes an upswing the world will wonder why?

God, we humbly look to you for answers.
We seek your face.
We want our treasure to be found in our relationship with you.
Father, help us know how to live our faith in this world. 

May we keep our eyes on the God of the Universe who owns all things, in both good times and in bad. 

I'm praying today for the families effected by this economy. 
I'm praying for strength of faith.
I'm praying for needs to be provided for.
I'm praying God continue to make Himself known today.
I'm praying for people to come to a faithful relationship with Jesus today. 

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