Is God Causing This Recession?

Obviously, I don’t have to explain the economy as it looks today. However, I don’t think that we have seen the worst of it yet.

People want to blame it on the president (no matter who it is or who it is going to be), but the president is only one person who has no control over the economy. Congress isn’t going to act on anything soon enough. Although, it does seem convenient to blame someone else, doesn’t it?

The question for now: is God causing this recession? Consider this passage from Romans:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

– Romans 1:18-32

People want God to bless this nation, but they do not honor Him or follow Him, so why would He bless a nation that hates Him? People have it all wrong! They want a god to bless this nation, not Almighty God. They want – for lack of a better phrase – the god of health, wealth, and prosperity.

What words of wisdom can Joel Osteen provide people in these times? Your best life now? Sure, give that a shot. God has a word for people in America today:

Repent! In the words of Jesus, spoken in Luke 14:27, “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Jesus calls us to follow Him at whatever the cost. Forget money, forget possessions, and just follow Christ.

God will provide – not politicians, not business people, not preachers…no one but God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.

– John 3:16-17 (emphasis added)

We were all poor, wretched, blind, insignificant sinners who were enemies of God. You see, at the manger and at foot of the cross, all men are equal. All are undeserving of God’s grace and forgiveness. All are born into what John Gill called a “sad estate” because we come into this world dead in trespasses and sins. However, the most powerful words in the Book of Ephesians, and possibly in the entire Bible, are the words that begin chapter two, verse four. Those words are “But God…” These words tell us that God did something about our wretched condition because He is rich and mercy and love. He took the initiative to provide, through His Son, a way for us to be revived from spiritual death and to be relieved of the burden and guilt of sin. (From FBC Family blog.)

What are we putting our faith in?

“No matter how great your sins may be they are nothing compared to the infinite worth of Christ’s blood.”

– Charles Leiter

Merry Christmas to you all!

– Adam Smith

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3 thoughts on “Is God Causing This Recession?

  1. cindyinsd says:

    Hi, Adam

    Nice to see you blogging again. My question regarding your insightful post is this: if God is causing the recession, is that a blessing or a curse? Maybe material wealth, which tends to draw men away from God, is the real curse. Solomon said, presumably after his long journey through life, his disastrous experiences with having everything and denying himself nothing, and his subsequent repentance:

    Pro 30:8-9 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that I need, lest I be full, and deny you, and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God.

    Has America’s prodigious wealth truly been a blessing from God, or has it been a curse in disguise? And is not anything that draws men back to God (as adversity tends to do) a true blessing, however well disguised? Maybe God is finally turning us; we who have been so beguiled by prosperity; back toward Himself.

    If so, we must thank and praise Him for it. One thing is certain. God’s blessings and His chastisements are all for our good, to turn our hearts toward Him. I’m with you, Adam. Let’s listen and do the wise thing.

    God bless,

    Cindy

  2. Adam Smith says:

    Very well said, Cindy. Hopefully America can recognize its’ condition, not necessarily economically, but spiritually. If it means a bad economy and a loss of wealth to make this happen, then so be it.

    God has already offered us everything we ever need by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die in our place so that we might live (2 Cor. 5:21).

  3. russ says:

    I was thinking of the reason for this global crisis the same way as you all. But we know that God will not forsake his people if they repent and give him first place in there lives! Holy God is so good that it will blow our minds. He loves to bless. Stay strong in his might!

    Russ

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