Activated - - NEWS - Uday Paul lives in Ban­ga­lore, In­dia, and teaches English and Per­son­al­ity Development cour­ses. By Uday Paul

Re­cently I was think­ing about how the col­lapse of the Amer­i­can stock mar­ket in 1929 top­pled the world’s fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic sys­tems one af­ter the other. Busi­nesses, in­dus­tries, and banks failed. Many lost their jobs, and mil­lions were un­em­ployed, which caused wide­spread civil un­rest. While this has not oc­curred to such a wide­spread scale since then, there have been many lesser eco­nomic de­pres­sions or re­ces­sions that have caused fi­nan­cial tur­moil.

So how can we have last­ing se­cu­rity in a fi­nan­cially un­sta­ble world? The an­swer is faith and trust in God, who has promised to be with us both in times of plenty and times of scarcity.

There are many in­stances in the Bible of God’s mirac­u­lous sup­ply and pro­vi­sion for His peo­ple. When He brought the Is­raelites out of the land of Egypt and led them through a wilder­ness to the promised land, God pro­vided food and drink for them. When they were hun­gry, He gave them food from heaven called manna. When they were thirsty, He brought water out of a rock. Their

1 clothes and shoes weren’t even worn out af­ter their long so­journ in the wilder­ness!

2 An­other in­stance oc­curred when there was a drought in Is­rael in the time of the prophet Eli­jah. God di­rected Eli­jah to live by a brook and even sent ravens to bring him food! When the brook even­tu­ally dried up be­cause of the se­vere drought, Eli­jah was told to move to the town of Zarephath. When a widow obeyed God and shared what lit­tle she had with the prophet, God blessed her by mak­ing sure that her sup­ply of food didn’t run out dur­ing the famine.

3 Once, when Je­sus, His disciples, and the crowds who fol­lowed them were in a wilder­ness area, it was get­ting late and they didn’t have any­thing to eat. The disciples made the log­i­cal sug­ges­tion of send­ing the crowds to nearby vil­lages to get some food. Je­sus, how­ever, asked them to bring Him the only food they had found—five loaves of bread and two fishes. He then looked up to heaven, said a bless­ing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the peo­ple. Five thou­sand peo­ple had enough to eat, and there were twelve bas­kets of leftovers!

4 The Bible in­structs us to not put our hope in un­cer­tain riches or earthly wealth, but to “hope in God, who richly pro­vides ev­ery­thing for our en­joy­ment.” The world’s fi­nan

5 cial sup­ply may run dry, as the brook did in Eli­jah’s time, but God can still care and pro­vide for His chil­dren.

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