With all the craziness in this world, sometimes we forget to look to God for our sanity. In reality, that is the only place you will find it & keep it. For sure. You see…God taught me a long time ago to stop trusting in the world & to trust only in him. He said, “child, stop thinking that you know…what you know not.” That was a hard one. We are taught from little children to lean on the world (including ourselves) for survival. However, from God’s perspective, this type of thinking is completely flipped & turned upside down . He specifically says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
Over the past few days, the Stock Market has plunged dramatically & people are worried to death about their finances. Today, NBC news reports that at the opening of the U.S. Stock Market this morning, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 1000 points within seconds. While, it has since recovered some of it’s losses, it is still way down. So, what is going on? You see…China recently devalued it’s currency & is having a hell of a time with it’s economy. The economy has slowed way down in terms of growth. Things are very bad over there right now financially. So, what does China have to do with what is happening here? Let me tell you. The global economies are so intertwined that it’s not funny. Basically, if China’s Stock Market sneezes, we too have to blow our nose. No joke. It is that intertwined. The United States started borrowing a lot of money from China a long time ago (to the tune of about 1.252 trillion Treasury debt (Oct. 2014) & whatever happens in their economy is going to impact heavily on what happens in ours.
Well, this is what happens when people lean on man & the world about anything. It might sound harsh what I am saying, but God knows, I’m telling you the truth. Anytime, you put your trust in the world, you have built your foundation on sand. And…when the storm comes, your foundation will fall. How can it not??? I was watching Pat Robertson (700 Club) this morning & when asked about what happened this past Friday & today, with the U.S. Stock Market plunging…you could clearly see that he was also shaken by this. He basically said this is not good…not good at all. He mentioned a couple of stocks that normally were stable from his view, but now…they are even in trouble. Now…you know & I know that the majority of people running the Stock Market & handling people’s finances, are not too steeped in God. How do I know? To explain, let me ask you this question. Why do you think there is so much corruption on Wall Street & in that arena period? You see…people who are steeped in God, don’t act like that. Why? Because they fear God. They know his power & his wrath. They understand…He is not to be played with. So, you try to do right by people. You understand that God says, “Thou shalt not steal” in one of his 10 commandments (Exodus 20:15 ) & He means it.
So, what is God saying in the midst of this present Stock Market madness. He is telling his children to hold onto him. God wants us to come to him with all our fears, concerns, & upset and talk to him about it. It’s easy. It really is. Come to him humbly & first, ask for forgiveness for any sins you have committed. Then, just start talking about any of this financial mess that is going on in your life right now or anything else you want to talk about. He is here with us…waiting to help & assist us. And, don’t get it twisted. You see… it is never him that strays from us…it is always us who stray away from him.
So…stop trusting the world & stop letting your finances be controlled by the world. Let God direct what you should do & watch him work. Remember, He is God… who never falls or fails… no matter what any other country’s Stock Market is doing.
Iris R. Whiting ©