What Is the Recession For?

preacher1My wife Kathy recently began blogging for AOL’s Parent Dish. She offers great information for Family Managers who want to make their home a great place to be. But, it’s not surprising that her editors ask her to give her blogs an economic twist. Not a bad idea at a time when everything else sounds trivial compared to the economic realities we experience daily.

The economy is even making it into the pulpit. And I say thankfully so. We need to hear what the Bible says about what we’re all thinking about. A friend send me a copy of John Piper’s sermon from February 1, 2009 entitled the same as this blog. I highly recommend it for anyone not wanting “to let a good crisis go the waste.” Here are “some” of reasons for this economic downturn according to Piper:

  1. He intends for this recession to expose hidden sin and so bring us to repentance and cleansing.
  2. He intends to wake us up to the constant and desperate condition of the developing world where there is always and only recession of the worst kind.
  3. He intends to relocate the roots of our joy in his grace rather than in our goods, in his mercy rather than our money, in his worth rather than our wealth.
  4. He intends to advance his saving mission in the world—the spread of the gospel and the growth of his church—precisely at a time when human resources are least able to support it. This is how he guards his glory.
  5. He intends for the church to care for its hurting members and to grow in the gift of love.

What do you think?

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2 responses to “What Is the Recession For?

  1. Michele Corbett

    I really hope we learn the lessons we are being taught. The students at the university where I work (Point Loma Nazarene University) just did an interesting initiative where they lived on $2 a day (like millions do around the world) for 3 days to raise awareness of poverty. They learned a lot. There was a news story last night where you can see the shanty town they built. The video is on the right.

    http://www.sandiego6.com/mostpopular/story/Point-Loma-Nazarene-University-A-Shanty-Town/1-ji50dAiEunnzE08gYR4A.cspx

  2. simplifylearning

    Could I perhaps add that He is calling us to a deeper search and study of the scriptures to see what He has prophesied concerning these matters and to prepare adequately for them. Daniel 2,7,8, 9 and 12 detail these events and teach us just how much we need to be dependent on Him.

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