Sorry to keep coming back to the financial crisis. A work colleague tells me that he has stopped reading the paper from the front as it just depresses him. He has started reading from the back and when he gets to the car adverts he stops!
The news seems totally dominated at the moment by the most unbelievable of circumstances. We are left with a situation where people cannot even be sure that governments, never mind banks, will remain able to pay their debts – look no further than Iceland for evidence of that.
Looking back, we have come through one of the most prosperous times in the history of our nation – if not the most prosperous time ever – and now it really looks as though it might have come to a crashing halt. For most people, while we lived through ‘the good times’ we were mostly too busy to appreciate it and now that they have ended we are worried that we might lose any savings that we did build up.
In the Old Testament part of the Bible, the prophet Haggai wrote about a very similar experience for the nation he lived among, “You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1v6). People were going about their daily business apparently achieving things but failing to find satisfaction in it. The problem, as Haggai points out, is that they had forgotten to include God in their lives.
Our society is no different. Generally, our nation has made a deliberate and conscious effort to exclude God from its thought and from its life. But we were made by God in order that we might have a relationship with Him and any effort to find true satisfaction will ultimately fail if we exclude Him. Perhaps you remember the story of the lady that the Lord Jesus met one day as He sat upon a well. The Lord offered her a drink of ‘living’ water and she thought He was speaking of water from the well, the exchange goes as follows: “The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? … Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”” (John 4vs11-14).