It is my view that things that happen in the natural have something to show us or tell us in the spiritual. Given the current state of our economy and the franticness of the government’s attempts to do something about it there seems to be lessons we can learn spiritually.
As we see in the natural, there is much talk these days about bailouts and stimulus packages, and who’s going to get what or how it will affect the average American. One thing that is often missed in the discussions is the question of how did we get in to this mess in the first place. Could it be the fulfillment of the scripture, which indicates that the love of money is the root of all evil? If so, then perhaps a love for money caused us to take our eyes off more important things like caution or practicalities as we pursued instead speculation and risk management. Now we are paying the price for our greed.
It works the same way in the spiritual realm. When we take our eyes off righteousness and proper living for God taking more “risks” with the world, in the end we must pay the price as a result. If we pay the price, we call it judgment and the result is eternal damnation. If we accept the fact that someone else paid the price for us – as in Christ upon the cross – then we have been bailed out of our situation. If we didn’t know Christ at first and we come to this realization of our bailout, we understand then how salvation works and we are given a fresh start. If we already know Christ and yet we have felt ourselves slipping for whatever reason in our relationship, then what we need is spiritual “stimulus” to get us perked up and back on track.
This spiritual “stimulus” can take several forms such as a scripture quote we come across, a friend who gently reminds us, a preacher who gives a message at the right time when we need it, a friendly blog (perhaps like this one) or even natural events that cause us to step back and ask ourselves what’s happening and how does this affect me (both physically and spiritually)?
In either case of a bailout or a stimulus they are undeserved and freely given, which is exactly how God has offered them to us. The only thing we need to keep in mind is that a bailout or stimulus is not a license for us to keep on doing the same old things. They are to help us learn what got us in the position in the first place and what we can do to live out a change so we don’t get back in to the same position.
Therefore, I urge us all: please don’t be afraid to ask God when you need a bailout or His stimulus, be grateful when it comes your way, and do your best to learn from your past while committing your future to a better path by following God’s plan for your life!