God Is Not An Economist

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I’m an economist by training. You may have heard of the term, but may not know exactly what an economist does.  “An economist is an expert who studies the relationship between a society’s resources and its production or output. The societies studied may range from the smallest of local communities to an entire nation or even the global economy.” (Investopedia.com)

One of the funniest definitions of an economist I’ve ever come across was posted on a calendar in a place I worked. It said, “An economist is someone who tells you today, why what they said was going to happen yesterday…didn’t happen.”

Economist advise the public often times when to buy and sell. When things are looking good for the economy they tell us the time is now to buy.  However, as soon as there is a hint of trouble in the market, they tell us to run, sell, get out of the market.  You’ll be amazed at how frequently the market shifts (even several times a day).

There is a popular Latin saying economist use, ‘Ceteris paribus, a Latin phrase, that roughly means “holding other things constant.” The more common English translation reads “all other things being equal.”’ (Investopedia.com)

Let’s pause for a minute and think of that phrase, “all other things being equal (or constant).”  If you know anything, you know that nothing is constant in this life, but God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Malachi 3:6 says, “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

This should encourage us! When we put our trust in Him and Him alone, we don’t have to worry about the challenging circumstances that come up in our lives. We don’t have to have all the answers or solutions to our problems.  We have a God we can run to in our time of need (and plenty).  He will rescue us when we call, “When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.” (Psalms 86:7, NIV)

When we put our trust in God, we will not be consumed by our circumstances. God promises that He will never leave us our forsake us.

Will you put your trust in Him today? His commitment to us never changes. God loves you and so do I! If you are ready to put your trust in Him today, recite this simple prayer with a sincere heart:

Dear God,
I come to you in the name of Jesus. I admit that I’m not right with you and that I want to be right with you. I ask that you forgive me of all of my sins. The Bible says, “If I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,”and believe in my heart the you raised Him from the dead, I will be Saved. I believe with my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you Lord for saving me today.

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God’s Got a Plan

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I woke up this morning, facing a new month, new day and a new beginning and I was filled with a sense of gratitude.  I started thanking God for my health and the well-being of my family.

There are so many things we take for granted in our lives.  I have been married for almost twenty years.  In those twenty years, my wife and I have been employed and have enjoyed a middle class lifestyle.

In June of 2016, my wife and I learned that she was expecting a baby.  After 13 years of trying, with four miscarriages during that time – we were ecstatic.  However, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, she began having complications. For the duration of her pregnancy, she was confined to the bed and spent 12-weeks in the hospital.  During this time, she got word that her position was phased out, which left her unemployed.

Similarly, in March of this year I got word that the non-profit Agency I worked for would be closing its Miami office due to budget restraints.  Today, we find ourselves in a place we’ve never been before. Unemployed, a beautiful new rainbow baby girl, a young teenage son who is bursting with potential and energy and a young adult daughter who is on the cusp of independence.

This season, however difficult it may be, has made everything that seemed impossible, possible!  When God allows one door to close, He always opens another one.  This is an exciting time in our lives! 

God put on my heart to plant a church.  My wife and I have been out in the community for the past year and a half sharing God’s message of love and hope. We’ve met people facing challenging situations – who have encouraged us to press on in our work.  We’ve had the opportunity to feed the hungry, create safe spaces for children to learn and play and opportunities for adults to grow and worship.

God has brought people by our side with gifts, talents, wisdom and insight to help us on this journey.  We are thankful for them! We believe that this is our time. This is our season to do what the Lord created us to be.  We have more than ENOUGH creativity, wisdom and strength to be successful in all God has called us to do.

I wanted to encourage you today.  If you are facing an unexpected difficulty that seems impossible to overcome, know that God has a plan to prosper you.  He created you with a purpose and there are no setbacks in his plan.  There are only setups to catapult you forward.  In this season, prepare by exercising your gifts, obeying His call to action and engaging Him through prayer and worship.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Pray for us as we embark on this new journey in our lives!

Know that I am praying for and believing in His promises with you!