Every time I turn on the news, there seems to be so much violence, political turmoil and turbulence in the stock market. I don’t feel like I can trust the media and things always seem to be spiraling out of control. I want to shepherd my family well and be a good steward, but sometimes my fear makes me think we should prepare for the worst. How can I make wise financial decisions to protect and prepare my family to live in these crazy times?
Worried and Unprepared
I agree with you, we are living in unsettling times. I commend your desire to be ready if and when those tough times hit.
Here are a few tips:
Will an economic disaster of biblical proportions occur within our lifetime? It’s possible, but no one knows the future. In John 16:33 Jesus instructed his disciples, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Knowing this, we can experience an abundant life full of joy and peace regardless of what happens, for we belong to the One who knows our future.
Countless men and women have lived and died in difficult situations. Noah, Joseph, Moses, David, Ruth, Esther, the prophets, the disciples and the apostles are just a few of God’s servants that suffered many trials. Yet, they all trusted God.
If we believe God is in charge, reigning from on high, we can trust Him regardless of what we may face.
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 27:12)
Immersing ourselves in the Word will give us a proper perspective on world events. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) We have an advantage the world does not – the Holy Spirit. He is our Counselor, and will help us discern issues we can’t understand on our own, because as children of God, we have the mind of Christ.
Armed with wisdom and discernment, we can prepare for the future whether a calamity strikes or not.
In fact, preparation will reduce the fear of uncertainty.
Seek the counsel of wise advisors, and get your financial house in order. Plan as though danger is coming like Joseph did in Egypt. Write down goals you want to accomplish over several years and throughout the rest of your life. You can use the Money Map as a guide.
Don’t “hunker in a bunker” out of fear, but be wise and prudent so that you are prepared to help others in the event a calamity.
I understand the temptation to be fearful about these unsettling times, and wrote a whole book about it. The S.A.L.T. Plan will help you understand biblical principles about possible economic outcomes, and how you need to prepare. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we do know God will never leave us or forsake us. So, if or when a catastrophe strikes, we can rest in the knowledge that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Originally published on the Christian Post August 18, 2017
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