Of Economic Crunch, Job and Philippians 4:19

In Philippians 4:19, Apostle Paul said:  ‘’And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus’’.

This is a very soothing passage especially in this era of global economic crunch when many people are understandably unsure of their future.

The biblical Job was a man after God’s heart but whose interests were destroyed by Satan at some point.  That was a defining moment in his life just as the current thorny global economic crunch is a defining moment in ours.  However, in spite of his painful experiences, he comported himself sensibly throughout and relied on God for his deliverance.  He even found time to pray for his friends and as a result, God restored his losses and gave him twice as much as he had previously. 

Now let us highlight some of Job’s losses vis-à-vis what the world stands to witness as a result of the present global economic predicament.  He lost his:

1.  Economic power.  Without notice, Job lost his economic power but he never stopped having faith in God’s ability to bail him out and in the end, God did.  In the same vein, many people will lose their economic power during this period of global economic crunch.  However, you will be spared if you put your trust completely in God because he shall supply all that you need to keep afloat.  In fact, where other people are recording losses, you will record profits in Jesus name.  This claim is based on what God himself declared in Isaiah 48:17.  That is:  “…I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go’’.

2.  Children.  Job lost all his children too but God restored choice children back to him later on.  Children, women and the elderly constitute the main casualties whenever there is a major catastrophe-the current global economic downturn inclusive.  But none of your children and loved ones will be affected if you put your trust unwaveringly in God as he shall supply all that you need to make them dwell in safety.  Please do not forget in this regards his Isaiah 49:25 assurance which says:  ‘’…I will contend with him (plus all detrimental situations) who contends with you, and I will save your children’’.

3.  Health.  Satan also attacked Job’s health by striking him with painful boils from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet but God delivered him eventually.  In the same manner, the current economic downturn will make many people to suffer both physical and emotional ill health.  But you will escape if you put your trust completely in God as he shall supply all that you need to stay in perfect health.  He attests to this in Exodus 15:26 when he said:  ‘’…I will put none of the diseases on you …For I am the LORD who heals you.”

4.  Honor.  Job’s honor suffered severe bashing as well but God lifted him up to the extent that he became profoundly relevant to his community, lived well and died respectably.   In like fashion, many people will have their honor severely bashed during the current global economic predicament.  But in the name of Jesus, you will be spared if you put your trust in God because he shall supply all that you need to keep your honor in one piece.  The Psalmist verified this in Psalm 91:15 as follows: ‘’He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him’’. 

Friend, please do not panic in spite of the horrendous economic upheaval that is plaguing the world at the moment.  Just put your trust in the Lord continually and in the end, you will come out unscathed in Jesus name.  Amen. 

Jesus is Lord!

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