From the Pastor
The trade war between China and the US looms large. Two weeks ago economists got excited about an ‘inverted yield curve’. [If you lend money to the government as a bond, they will pay 1.5% interest for 1 year, and 1% for three years.] In other words, the market is predicting the economy will slow.
If you are a self-funded retiree, this is bad news. It possibly means income from investments will decline. We tend to think of these things as the result of human action; such as the trade war, started by Trump (or China, or both?).
The Biblical authors know nothing about trade wars and bond markets. But they do know about other ‘events’ that cause hardship. Drought for instance. The prophet Elijah announces to wicked King Ahab that there will be years of drought, because Israel worshipped idols.
Is God punishing our capitalistic society through an economic drought? I don’t know. He could be. It would not be inconsistent with how God has acted in the past. God turning the Nile into blood sounds like if you want to worship the economy, it will become a curse to you.
When there is a drought in Israel, are faithful godly Jews protected from the influence of it? Not necessarily.
But in the midst of another drought in Israel, Jeremiah writes “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.” (Jer 17:7-8)
Whatever the season, God provides. This is no guarantee against hardship, but we should still trust and be generous.