There is no need to fear the recession

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, when faced with one of the most trying times in American history with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, forced us into the Second World War. I can remember the fear and concern on my daddy’s face when he first heard the news. It was then that President Roosevelt challenged the American people with this famous quote: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Today, all the news is about the recession we are in. Wherever you go, the discussion usually is about the troubled economy, the crumbling stock market and unemployment.  You name it. If it’s negative, we talk about it.

A few weeks ago, I heard a pastor say, “I understand the country is in a recession. I just wanted God’s people to know that we will not participate in it.” That was the most positive news I’ve heard about the economy in a year.

I’m reminded of the covenant God made with His people. He said that He will never leave us or forsake us and will supply all of our needs.

The covenant I’m talking about is God’s offer to humanity and the relationship it established as described in the Bible. His covenant is only with His people (Christians) who choose to be a party to the covenant.

The more I think about the quote of former President Roosevelt and the words of the pastor who made a decision not to participate in the recession, the more assured I am that my covenant with God is not only binding, but guaranteed!

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