The Economy’s Best-Case Scenario
Consumer prices across the nation fell for the first time in over two years. This news brings optimism that the excessively high prices may finally come to an end. While this would definitely be good news, I had to wonder: What state are they living in?
After doing a little digging, I found that several media outlets were reporting this exact thing. Apparently, that information was causing some to declare that the U.S. economy was finally beginning to ease up. But is it true?
In 2020, a loaf of bread cost $1.45. Today, the price of that same loaf of bread exceeds $3. Egg prices are out of control, as we may all have noticed. Eggs are now selling for over $5 a dozen, when just a couple years ago, you could buy a dozen eggs for a mere $1.50. Although gas prices have finally come down somewhat, they are still higher than they were several months ago.
I only had to scan a little further to discover that government officials were saying consumer prices were indeed dropping — except for food, shelter, and energy. Are these not among the most vital things for families?
“We still have more work to do, though, but we’re clearly moving in the right direction,” President Biden said in an address last week. “There’s more breathing room in store for American workers and families.”
“Breathing room” is not what I see in my city, and it is not what I am hearing from friends and families in other states. As the article I was reading stated, we haven’t seen relief in some of the areas where we most need to see it: food, shelter, and energy prices. Rental costs and interest rates remain high. People are losing their homes. Many are unable to buy groceries. The energy required to keep homes warm is steadily rising. Families are hurting across our nation. Few seem to be breathing easier. That being said, the article did make one statement I totally agree with:
“Today’s economic situation is so unprecedented; any outcome is possible.” I concur, any outcome is possible.
I am reminded of a conversation I had with a businessman several years ago. Gas prices were high, higher than I had seen them in my life. He made the statement that they would only go up from there; they would never come back down. I interjected and told him my partners and I were praying, and that the prices would come down to $2 a gallon. He laughed in my face and said it would never happen. Within weeks, however, gas prices were indeed $2 a gallon, just as we had prayed. I have often wondered what that man thought when he saw those prices drop.
That day, I saw God do something that everyone deemed impossible. Today, economically speaking, we find ourselves in another seemingly hopeless scenario. I am hearing the same thing I heard back then: “Do you think prices will ever come back down on groceries, wood, electricity, and such?” The answer is always the same: “No. There’s no way that will ever happen — it’s impossible. Once they go up, they never come back down.” I would have believed this too, if I hadn’t already seen the impossible take place.
God has a way to change our current situation — it’s found in His word. Jesus gave us all the instruction we will ever need while He was on the earth.
First, we pray.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:24, NKJV).
Prayer is a powerful tool. James 5:16 as rendered in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says: … The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. When we pray, we aren’t just mumbling words and hoping for the best. No! The power of Almighty God is released when we pray, and that power is dynamic. That word is defined as “a force that stimulates change or progress.” Make no mistake about it: Our prayer is a powerful force, one that initiates change.
Second, we speak to the mountain.
” … assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20, NKJV).
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3, NKJV).
The entire world was created by words. We know this, but do we realize that we can also change our world with words? Yes! Jesus said we could.
Jesus spoke to the fig tree, and it obeyed Him. We have that same power. We can speak to our finances, to our economy, and to exorbitant prices, and implement change. What we must not do is to speak negative words. We can’t come into agreement with the news media and expect to see a change for the better.
We must not enter into conversations in which we are saying things like: “Prices just keep rising and getting worse; eggs are going to be $10 a dozen before it’s done.” If that is not what we want to see, then it must not be what we say. The Bible is clear: We will have what we say; we will eat the fruit of our lips (see Mark 11:23).
Finally, remember this:
Nothing is ever impossible with God. Never forget that. What seems impossible to men, is always possible with God. I love Luke 1:37 as rendered in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition: For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.
No word from God is ever without power or impossible of fulfillment. Meditate on this truth for a day — it will change your life.
The only impossible thing is God’s word failing to come to pass.
My friend, the economy may appear grim, and prices may seem out of control, but all things are subject to change. Change doesn’t always come easily, and dealing with it often takes effort. Still, nothing is more difficult than remaining where we are not supposed to be: in lack or famine. We are the blessed of the Lord. Let’s never forget that. Today, may we take the tools He has given us through His word and implement the change the entire world is longing to see. God’s word manifested: This is our economy’s best-case scenario.
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Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, in Charisma Magazine, and on Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope. She speaks to the hearts of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, to impart hope. Her daily inspirational writings are available at www.anewthingministries.com. Photo Credit: Canva.
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