What if the headlines above were true? What if the world as we know it came to an end? What if the relative affluence of the western world became a distant and haunting memory?
How would this personally affect the quality of your life (especially if you define “quality” as having a lot of money and stuff)? How would it affect your happiness or your peace of mind?
Some expect a major financial reset in the years to come. When you live in a country with 17 trillion dollars of debt and an economy built on the belief “it’s okay to buy now and pay later,” it’s not hard to imagine the shoe dropping soon and hard.
At some point, something drastic and radical must happen. You can only kick the can down the road so long. Our American economy is a paper tiger, and it doesn’t take much for a paper tiger to go up in flames.
If you’re like me, this is a disturbing reality. In fact, many live with a deep fear of losing everything, at least everything that is a thing.
And fear is powerful de-motivator.
If you’re afraid of getting eaten by a shark, you won’t spend much time in the ocean.
If you’re afraid of heights, you’re probably not going to go parachuting anytime soon.
If you’re afraid of ending up in the poor house, you’re probably not going to be known for your sacrificial generosity.
Fear causes us to hoard rather than help. Fear causes us to be stingy rather than to sacrifice. Fear cripples.
So what’s the answer to fear?
First, maybe it’s time to reprioritize what truly matters. The bible makes it clear where our priority should be—on God and His kingdom. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness . . . ” Matthew 6:33.
When the kingdom of God is first, we tend to live with faith; when it’s not, we live in fear.
The second answer to the beast of fear is to remember a greater reality when life is hard: God is with us. Always.
Here’s what the psalmist wrote:
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
How can we live free from debilitating fear? We remember that God is with us. He is our refuge, our strength, and our help even when everything around us gives way and falls to pieces.
I don’t know what the future holds, but this much I do know: He holds our future. So do your best to put God first and live in the shelter of His care.