You’ve seen the news. Apparently, this economy is in a real crisis. No doubt, you are watching, along with the rest of us, as those in Washington seek to formulate a plan to help this economy. The proposal by Treasury Secretary Paulson will cost $700 billion dollars. This week, Washington is trying to come to some kind of agreement on what exactly will be the government’s response to what is apparently a very urgent situation.
I mention all of this not because I want to start a discussion about the economy. Nor do I wish to start a discussion about the political implications of this. Rather, this is a place to talk about the spiritual implications of this for those of us who are Christ-followers.
The question I want to raise, however, is an important one for anyone who is serious about being shaped and formed into the image of Jesus:
How does startling economic news impact your spiritual life?
Do I respond to this by living in a state of anxiety? Do I just close my eyes, shrug my shoulders and say, "Oh well." Or, do I spend time in solitude, bringing this concern before the Lord? What do I pray about? What feelings begin to surface in me as I hear so much talk about economic uncertainty? How can God use such feelings to more fully shape me into a God-dependent person? In other words, do I see this as an opportunity for me to learn to depend less on myself and more on God?