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Financial Indicators in God’s Economy

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet  your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?   (Matthew6:26 NAS)

Over the past five years across the globe, men and women have experienced a financial environment unlike any other during their adult life. Both the U.S. and global economy suffered through a period that’s been called The Great Recession. Our nightly news is filled with stories concerning economic indicators such as the housing market, the S&P 500 performance, the consumer price index, and the unemployment rate to name a few.

As individuals we likely pay greater attention to personal economic indicators today than we did in the past.  For example, when your 401K statement or bank statement arrives in the mail, do you cautiously open it to discover how your money performed over the past quarter? And then, depending on its performance, you either breathe a sigh of relief or make plans to change your spending and saving habits.

I know personally I have developed greater sensitivity to the economic indicators in my own little world and can become distracted by the positive or negative swings in their performance.  And if I’m honest, my emotions tend to follow accordingly. Recently the Lord convicted me of this tendency and reminded me of the financial indicators in his economy.  Let me tell you about it…

One of my favorite morning routines is to sit on the back porch in front of the bird feeder with a fresh cup of coffee in my hand and my Bible opened in my lap. I was recently reading through Matthew and happened to reach chapter six during one of my mornings on the back porch.  The words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 6:19-33 came to life in front of me that morning.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  (Matthew 6:19 NAS)

God nudged my heart and reminded me that although I live in this world, he has his own economy. I continued to read.

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet  your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?   (Matthew6:26 NAS)

A beautiful red bird came and perched on the feeder to enjoy the seed that I had replenished the previous afternoon.

“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6:32 NAS)

What beautiful words: “for your heavenly Father knows…” Of that entire passage, this phrase provides the greatest comfort, assurance and hope.  My heavenly Father knows. And my heavenly Father cares enough to provide for my needs!

That morning on the porch, I was reacquainted with the financial indicators in God’s economy.  Are the birds being fed? Do the lilies flourish? Are the fields of grass filled with beautiful wildflowers?  Does my heavenly Father know what I need? Yes, yes, yes and yes! In a recent issue of a financial journal, the author stated: “Economic indicators are gauges of hope and despair.”  I encourage you to take a moment to consider the indicators of God’s economy – and then allow Him to fill you with hope because of His great care and attention to your needs.

Donna Downs

About the Author

Donna started working with the Lifetime board and staff in the fall of 2010 as they were redefining the mission and vision for the ministry. In May 2011, Donna assumed a permanent role and joined the Lifetime team as Executive Director. In this role, Donna provides leadership and direction for the team as they execute the vision that God has given for Lifetime.