As I travel the country, I have a chance to see all kinds of people from all kinds of places. I've seen church folks, common folks, rich folks, and poor folks. I've had the privilege of meeting sports folks, business folks, entertainment folks, and everyday working folks.
One thing is sure.
Economy is on everyone's mind.
I hear things like…
What if I loose my job?
What if my portfolio goes down another 40%?
How is my business going to rebound?
What if …
Of course it's a matter of concern. We all function in an economy where currency buys food, shelter, clothes, and utilities. It's the way we do what we do, right?
As I was coming home yesterday, I was listening to Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church up in Seattle. I was catching up on his series on Luke, but this sermon was different. It was right before Christmas and Mark was giving the congregation a bit of an overview of the financial situation of the church. He rattled off all the ministry going on, and unashamedly outlined a theology of giving.
God gave us the earth.
God gave us life.
God gave us His Son.
God gave us the scriptures.
He gave us salvation.
He gave us relationship with each other.
All as a gift.
And Mark concluded, "Doesn't that give us the foundations to be generous givers?"
So how can we be generous givers when there's nothing to give?
How can we conjure up any kind of resource, when the resources have all run dry?
Maybe it's a tour into Psalm 50.
The Mighty One, God, the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
Our God comes and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages.
He summons the heavens above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
"Gather to me my consecrated ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.
"Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you:
I am God, your God.
I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices
or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,
for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
So if God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, why is our faith so small that we think He won't provide? Jesus said, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more
valuable than they?" (Matthew 6:26)
God's economy is not the same as man's economy.
He owns the whole of the universe.
He provides our needs.
Maybe on our faith journey this week, in an effort to understand the stability of strong faith, we can take a look at our own economic woes and submit them to the one who owns it all anyway.
I talked to a Dr. of Economics yesterday, and I've got a great story to tell you about real life portfolio growth.
I'm usually not into telling people about financial advisers, but this one has a clear understanding of God's economy, and He's making big waves in the economic arena.
But until then…
Let's remember who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.