Dark Rider

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So what was your initial reaction to the stock market falling more than 500 points yesterday?  Surprise?  Fear?  Or did you just shrug it off as a sign of the times we live in?  It came as no great surprise to me.  When our nation is 15 trillion dollars in debt, the economy in a continued state of malaise and our politicians lacking the courage to do something about our excessive debt, what else should we expect?

To me, this is just one more sign on what God is doing in the hearts of men.  In Luke 16:13 Jesus says “No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  Well if things continue as they are unfolding, many of us will soon have to decide what we will put our trust in—money—or God.”

Maybe our economy will rebound.  Maybe things will get back to the good old days.  But the signs are not good.  The world just might be headed into a world wide depression that will shake everything up.

In Revelation 5 we read about the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse.  The third horseman, riding a black horse brought economic calamity to the earth.  “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages.”  This seems to predict incredible inflation like Germany saw before World War 2, where prices were rising so rapidly that workers were paid twice a day so they could buy food before the prices rose again that day.

Now since this is prophesied in God’s Word, we know it will happen.  The question is when it happens, how will we respond as disciples of Jesus?  Will we remain faithful to Him?  Or will we sell out to the world and abandon our faith?

We all hope for better times economically.  But if that does not happen, our response will say a lot about our faith.  Jesus said “When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?”  So choose this day who you will truly worship and put your faith in—money or God.  If things get worse, will we depend on our own ways, or will we trust in God and remain faithful to His Word?  It may well be the most important decision you ever make.