Banks Fold! Market Crashes! Millions Lose All!

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What if?

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.[1] 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:

Psalm 46:1-3

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
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.



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4 Responses to Banks Fold! Market Crashes! Millions Lose All!

  1. Deep fear. Deep, deep overwhelming fear. What about our home that isn’t paid off? What will we do, where will we go, how will it look? Those headlines send deep seated fear throughout my body, almost paralyzing fear. i know Jesus is in charge, but how does that keep my family from living on the street? How does it protect us from people who will do whatever to others to protect themselves? How does it protect us from a gov’t that is out of control?

    • No easy, pat answers here . . . the only thing I know to do is rest in His love and trust in His care one day at a time. Praying for you Jane.

  2. hi just wonder if there may be an other means of traden and barting. for food and gooods in the system otheer than money.. which would bring about large change in the world as we know it… seems as though the rich have lock up all the money for there selfs,. and do what they readeem legal to there own means of life.. so can we as a people change that I think we can just be very diffferent way of handling thinks out of the so called normal ways.. that are dien any way hope to see the us people live for ever and not the plans the {rich people have planned for the us…}} if you know what is being said

    • I think we will always find a way to survive (or at least try to). Trusting God no matter what is what’s at the heart of this issue. Thanks Carol.

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