In Nigeria, the prices of goods and services have skyrocketed. There has been a high rate of redundancy in companies and many employees have been laid off. A couple of other companies, as a result of the recession have reduced the salaries of most staff by over 40℅.
These experiences are quite scary and would naturally put a strain on the finances of most people. People naturally would begin to spend sparingly to cushion the effect of the recession on them.
In spite of all these however, some are still buoyant. Some do not really feel the strain. Possibly because they are actually wealthy and a thing such as economic recession would hardly affect them.
Our prayer towards the recession should be that “No matter how bad things get, may I always be able to take care of my needs and even that of others” “May I achieve all that I set out to achieve despite the strains of this economic recession” “May I not despair, but rejoice in the goodness of the Lord to me”
Even if the whole world was in recession, all we need do is to do our best and surrender ourselves to Jesus. All we need do is to trust and believe that God is watching and he would never forsake his children. All we need is that little faith in him and he would grant us all that we need.
Jesus told the disciples; Do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes? Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds? Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?
He continues “And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!
He concluded; “So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? Or my drink? Or my clothes? Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.
This teaching of Jesus should guide our lives. It should guide our attitude towards life and certain situations. The God who created you would not leave you helpless.