The stock market has been in a state of free fall lately. Investors are getting nervous. Is there an end in sight to the continual drops in the market? What will happen to your retirement accounts? After years of historic gains on Wall Street, we now face the uncertainty of a possible recession. In our study on Sunday, August 23, we saw that God is the one who supplies us with what we need. We know that our jobs and any gains that we get from investments are just tools that God uses to bless us. Times like these remind us that we should trust God as your source and provider.
There is another, perhaps less obvious lesson that we learn when looking at our global economy. Analysts say that the reason for plummeting stock indices in the United States is the decline in the Asian markets. What happens half a world away impacts our economy. How’s that for connection! Romans 12:15 states, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” As Christians, do we have the compassion to be impacted by what happens half a world away? Are we moved even by what happens half a block away? Although our society is increasingly global, our compassion seems to be decreasingly localized. We suffer from compassion fatigue. Many people are just tired of caring. A disadvantage of having news available to us 24/7 is that the more we are exposed to the hurts of others, the more desensitized we become. I encourage us to renew our commitment to caring. Start with praying for those who are grieving and sick. Try sending a note to someone who hasn’t been in worship service in several weeks, months, or years. The stock market is a reminder of the connection that the body of Christ is interconnected. Let’s celebrate with those who celebrate and minister to those who mourn.
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