At the end of my most recent post The only thing we have to fear...(Part 1), I closed out my thoughts with the solution to fear: FAITH.
In difficult financial times such as this, faith in better times ahead is really the main antidote to a lagging economy. I also believe that governments leaders can implement intelligent policies that can stimulate economic growth through tax cuts and other incentives that encourage investors and business owners to grow their businesses with additional cashflow. Under our new set of politicians, I have my doubts that this will occur, but I'm taking a wait and see attitude.
No matter who is in leadership, though, as a believer in Jesus Christ, my faith needs to rest ultimately in God and not in man. In 1 Timothy 6:17 we read, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be ignorant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."
Christ has promised to His followers that if we seek His Kingdom first and not worry about our earthly needs, that He will provide. "So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are more valuable to him than they are...So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern." (Matthew 6:25-27; 31-33)
Where's your hope in these financially difficult times? Is it in your savings account, in politicians, or in God alone? Are you keeping Him and His Kingdom your number one priority? Trust in Him, and He will provide!