Financially Desperate Times

IN recent years, the global economy has experienced a meltdown unlike anything we’ve seen since the Great Depression of the 1930’s.  Real unemployment rates hover somewhere in the mid teens, and people are getting desperate financially.  Isn’t it time to do something about this?

Here’s the million dollar question.  Who’s responsibility is it to do something about the economy?  Let’s take a look at a very famous story from Hebrew history and see where we can find application.

There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.  Joseph [2nd in charge of Egypt behind Pharaoh] collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment fot the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.  When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food.  Why should we die before your eyes?  Our money is used up.”

“Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.”  So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys.  And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land.  Why should we perish before your eyes – we and our land as well?  Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh.  Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”

So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh.  The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them.  The land became Pharaoh’s, and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other.

Ge 47:13-21, NIV

Wow!  This is an amazing story that is the precursor to Moses 400 years later crying out to set the people free.

Why as a people, do we turn to the government to solve our financial problems?  Why do we turn to the very banks, who created the environment that led to many of our problems, for lending solutions to ‘get by’?

It’s time to wake up!  In recent times, as a mortgage banker, I’ve seen some major swings to my income and the livelihood of my family.  I can tell you that with a little resourcefulness and creativity, God provided over $2000 in less than 30 days.  Landscaping, handyman, garage sale, etc. are all little things we could do to add value to others and raise money to pay our expenses.

What can you do?  American’s are some of the most creative and industrious people in the world.  Take a step back and look outside the box for a little bit to solve your financial problems.  I can assure you that the government and the banks are NOT the solution.

Within you and among your social group, lies the solution.  Create value for others using the skills you have.  It is time we stop living in financially desperate times and start tapping into the resources God provides for each of us!  He’s given us everything we need for life and Godliness.

Our society wants us to believe that there are no other ways.  During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, my grandfather traveled across several states to offer his farming services to anyone who could pay him.  He lived another 65 years beyond those years.  His life was rich and full.

This is merely a season in our lives.  It is not permanent.  You have two choices.  First, you can sell yourself into financial slavery and live the rest of your life in bondage.  Second, you can use the resources freely available to you to get through these difficult times and live your life in FREEDOM.  God is good and is the Great Provider!

It is up to you to decide which path you will take.  As Robert Frost once wrote, “Two paths diverged in the woods, I chose the one less traveled upon.”  The path to Financial Freedom is not an easy path and only few will choose it.  What will you decide today?

God bless you!

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