Monday, 10 August 2009

What is the recession for?

A family member of mine has lost her job...
My friends are seeing people lose jobs...
Shops are empty on the high street...
Total unemployment according to The Times is at 2.5million...
Total unemployment is forecast to continue rising to a peak of three million next year.

As a young man providing for his wife and baby, unemployment is a threat which brings more fear to me than it would have done a few years ago. It also provokes more compassion within me for those who find themselves in this position.

What is the recession for?

Because God is in control, we can speak of purpose...

"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord." Proverbs 16v33

John Piper preaches five points/purposes of God for this time. Check it out...
It challenges me to real faith and action as someone who has only known western prosperity.

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.

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