All Things Through Christ

“Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” (Proverbs 30:7-9)

Have you checked out the stock prices recently? They are getting lower and lower and lower and lower. I came into work not long ago and was reflecting on this. Now please, if you are sensitive about this topic, don’t get all upset at me for saying this, but the thought came to my mind, to the effect, “One of the very best things that has happened is that stock prices have fallen, because it helps people see their need for God and receive Jesus as their Savior.” In other words, it has an all around good effect on Christians and non-Christians alike: For the Christian, it helps him to see his need for God — he will not forget to call upon God, as the writer in Proverbs says, “Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” (Proverbs 30:7-9)

The writer here is saying, “Don’t give me too little — otherwise I might steal. Don’t give me too much — otherwise I might forget about you entirely.” The writer is a believer. He knows God. But he also knows his own weaknesses. Left to himself, if he were too empty, he would be tempted to sin. If he were too full, then he would forget to call upon God. He would forget that there are others around him who are in need. He would forget that his source of life, ultimately, rested in God’s hands. He would become complacent, and unfruitful.

Perhaps you are bemoaning the fact that you have lost a lot in the stock market, or in other places. Do not bemoan this. Relax, God is not worried about how he is going to provide for you. So why should you be worried, either? Let God take care of your problems, because he surely will. If you are one that has been adversely affected by the stock market crash, perhaps it is time to start giving God thanks for his wisdom in allowing it to happen, because, in the midst of it, he surely has a plan! God’s ultimate plan is the redemption (buying back) of lost souls and, like it or not, falling stock prices do have a tendency to lend themselves to fulfilling that very purpose!

As the apostle Paul said, may we also be able to say, “… I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:11b-13)