What's the Recession For?

From Desiring God:

God is sovereign over all finances. Any economic recession—global or personal—is never less than recession-by-divine-design.

When the economy plummets, God has his purposes—perhaps thousands upon thousands of purposes. Some of these purposes he has made known in his Book.

At least 5 of them are:

  1. To expose hidden sin and so bring us to repentance and cleansing.
  2. To wake us up to the constant and desperate condition of the developing world where there is always and only recession of the worst kind.
  3. To relocate the roots of our joy in his grace rather than in our goods—in his mercy rather than our money, in his worth rather than our wealth.
  4. To advance his saving mission in the world—the spread of the gospel and the growth of his church—precisely at a time when human resources are least able to support it. This is how he guards his glory.
  5. To bring his church to care for its hurting members and to grow in the gift of love.

2 Corinthians 8:1 2 might be the clearest “recession text” in the Bible. Itdescribes the roots of the joy of the Macedonian believers in their”recession.” In their “severe test of affliction” and “extreme poverty,”their abundant joy “overflowed in a wealth of generosity.”

Their generosity didn’t come from prosperity but from God’s grace—and thisgrace rooted in “our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet foryour sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2Corinthians 8:9).

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1 Comment

  • Keith Sayer says:

    While I do not completely agree that God is the one who decides when recession begins or ends–thinking it more likely based on human greed, I do agree with the statements you’ve made about what God does through recession. I especially like statement 4; it makes a lot of sense, given this understanding, why we are often frustrated in times of plenty when we attempt to advance God’s mission by human endeavor.

    Thanks for the thoughts.

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