The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Facing hard times

Be confident, careful, grateful and generous

The Bible has good advice for people who are facing tough economic times. Here are four messages of Scripture that may be more pertinent to our lives now than ever.

Be confident! God will provide. Our first impulse may be to worry about our lives and future, but there is no need for anxiety. Jesus reminds us that God feeds the birds and clothes the fields with beautiful flowers. So also, God will provide for us (Matthew 6:25-33). Our future is in the hands of a God who loves us. “Do not worry about tomorrow,” Jesus says (Matthew 6:34). “Do not worry about anything,” Paul adds, but “with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

At First English Lutheran Church, Wheeling,
At First English Lutheran Church, Wheeling, W.Va., they show how to be generous even during tough economic times. Members use their multimillion endowment to support youth, campus ministry and other mission work (see "A crisis & faith").
We don’t want to be naive about God’s gifts or blessings. Hard work and sacrifices on our part may be necessary. But we belong to God and we are precious to God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). And Scripture does promise that God will supply our needs (Philippians 4:19).

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