God’s Principles of Economic Security
By Mark A. Finley
This world’s economy hangs on a slender thread. Many of the developed, industrial nations of the world face massive debt. The United States and Europe are increasingly concerned about their economies. Since our global economy is so interrelated, what happens in one part of the world seriously affects all of us. How can we survive in economic downtimes? What principles has God given us in His word to prepare for what is coming?
In this month’s Bible study we shall discover heaven’s vital, economic survival principles for the challenging days ahead.
1 What predictions does the Bible make about the world economy just before the return of our Lord? Read James 5:1-7 and Revelation 18:9-18, and summarize these passages in your own words.
Bible prophecy predicts a sudden economic crash just before the second coming of Jesus. God’s Word shines light on the road ahead. We who know the truth should prepare for what will break upon this world as an overwhelming surprise. Learning to trust God today will prepare us for what is coming tomorrow.
2Where can we find security in tough economic times? Write out the central thought of Matthew 6:25-34.
When the economy is uncertain, one thing is certain: God cares for His children, and He will never let them down. Corporations may crumble, the dollar (euro, yen, or ruble) may rapidly fall, and unemployment may rise, but our God is unchanging and unchangeable.
3Read Deuteronomy 8:18. Where do we find the source of all our financial needs?
4Read Psalm 24:1; Haggai 2:8; and Philippians 4:19. Who is the real owner of this world and everything in it, and what has He promised each one of us?
It is reassuring to know that this world, with everything in it, belongs to Jesus. He created us; He redeemed us. When Adam and Eve lost their dominion, Christ, through His death on the cross, grasped it from Satan’s hand. This world, everything in it, is His, and He has promised to care for His children.
5 How do we acknowledge that everything in this world belongs to the Lord? Read Malachi 3:8-11.
When we are faithful in returning the Lord’s tithe—10 percent of our increase—we acknowledge that He is the rightful owner of this world. We also acknowledge that He is the One who meets all our needs and has provided us with all of life’s good things.
6What biblical examples from the Old and New Testaments demonstrate the importance of faithfulness in returning God’s tithe? See Genesis 14:20 and Matthew 23:23.
7Read Proverbs 3:5, 6; 11:24, 25. What promises does God make to those who honor Him by their giving, and acknowledge His lordship in their lives through being faithful in returning tithes and offerings? List the key thoughts in these passages.
Faithfully returning to God His tithe and our offerings is much more than a matter of money; it is a matter of the heart. Our unselfish giving reveals where our affections are. It demonstrates who has our heart.
It’s also a matter of trust. When we give, we are saying to God, “I trust you to supply my needs. Lord, I believe you will care for me.”
Would you like to make a new commitment to God to be faithful in your tithes and offerings? Or perhaps you have neglected this important aspect of Christian living; why not make a renewed commitment to trust God with your finances today. He’ll never let you down.