Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Glorious Hope of God's Sovereign Purpose in the Recession

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. (Psalm 46:6)


Chris Isidore, CNNMoney.com, November 13, 2009

“Most economists agree the U.S. economy is in recovery.”

Joel Belz, World Magazine, November 21, 2009
The terrible recession of 2008-2009 may have been severe, we tend to think, but it's bound to end. Recessions always end. . . . We think that way because deep down, we are all at least a little bit committed to a cyclical view of history. We all have some tendency to think: Everything that goes around comes around. . . . there's a repetitive pattern to history. . . .

. . . Christians need to remember that God's big narrative involves much more than a long series of little overlapping circles. God's grand story is very deliberately headed from Point A, on one end of the canvas, way over to Point B at the other end. Because God is constant and faithful, that story includes a few patterns, to be sure. But it would be a huge mistake to see the God of history as simply doing the same little thing over and over again. He's going somewhere! . . .

Our inclination is to suppose that the question is not whether the current recession will end, but when. But what would happen to our culture if God's response this time to our spendthrift habits were simply to determine that the current recession will continue for the next generation or two? What happens if some of our children spend most of their adult years wandering from one temporary job to another? What will our response be if they never find themselves able to buy their first home?

But only people of small faith reduce their god to a deity who goes in circles. Instead of merely repeating the past, we are headed for something gloriously new and different. God's people should never aim for, or be satisfied with, anything less.

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