The U.S. economy was already in a tailspin, according to the pundits,
when terrorists attacked on 9/11. Since then, reportedly, unemployment
has soared and spending has shriveled. Many merchandisers faced record
lows for the normally bullish Christmas season.
In South America, Argentina faced financial woes of its own, precipitating
riots, resignations and a new currency, all without immediate apparent
benefit. When I was in Buenos Aires a few months ago to report on the
move of God there, a restless discontent with the economic situation
was already smoldering, despite the apparent bounty in many quarters.
Despite the desperate cries of a failing economy in the United States,
there is abundance wherever one looks.
What it comes down to is this. What matters most to people is not how
their countrys economy is doing, but how they are doing financially.
If unemployment is high and you have a good job, all seems right with
the world. But if youre going through a financial challenge, it
doesnt matter much if your nations economy is great.
What is important to you is also important to God. Your personal handling
of blessings and challenges is part and parcel of a faithful Christian
walk. What you do with material resources demonstrates obedience and
sets the tone for your level of discipleship.
A true disciple, a follower of Christ, knows that certain things, such
as the first tenth of ones income, belong to God and there
is no option to withhold them. (Its robbing God, according to
Malachi 3:8.) In the pages that follow, you will find just a few of
the manifold testimonies of those who honored God by giving when they
had little, and how God came through for them.
Giving can be one of lifes greatest blessings. To trust God when
giving requires sacrifice is even more important.
Too often we associate this truth with slick televangelists who misuse
and besmirch Gods giving plan, applying it only to their ministries.
But they cannot commandeer Gods truth or make it untrue.
Giving to the Lord through donations to faithful ministries that
disciple Christians and reach the lost and needy is Gods
When it comes to ones finances, its not the economy but
obedience that matters.