On Friday, the numbers were released for the unemployment rate since the beginning a 2009. A staggering 2 million jobs have been lost in the last 3 months. Approximately 666,666 jobs a month for the last three months. 666,666, the number sited in Revelations 13:18 as that which would be the mark of the beast.
I stared at that number for a second. And remarked that the devil is a liar. God is the only one with power in this situation because while the devil may have meant this for evil, God can turn this around for His good. The results of this recession have no bearing on God’s people because as much power as the devil would like to think he has, he’s only working with manual power. The devil has about as much power as a manual screwdriver whereas God is that DeWalt powertool that gets the job done right the first time. Paul, in his letter to the church of Ephesus, prayed that we would understand the exceeding greatness of His power at work within us. If there were ever a time for us to believe in the exceeding greatness of His power, this is it.
I believe the enemy would have us to believe that pink slips and layoffs mean the end of our lives as we know it. But I posit, by revelation of God, that the layoffs are the beginning of our purposeful lives. Though some of us may keep our jobs this season, those that won’t have been called to seek out their God-given purpose in this life. We weren’t called to just chase a check for something that isn’t fulfilling God’s design for our lives. A leader in my dance ministry commented, we are being called out of our jobs because God needs us to spend more time with Him. And yet another minister made the statement that this recession is taking place because God’s people inverted the directive in Matthew 6:33 which says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”
One can point to manifold reasons as to why we are going through this season of life. And really, it may all be outside of our comprehension because we are to lean not our own understanding and simply trust God. But if there’s nothing else you believe this season, believe that God works all things for the good of those of love Him and are called according to His purpose.