Markets surprised by British voters’ stunning vote to exit the European Union and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s sudden announcement that he would step down sent global markets plunging with the British Pound at a 31-year low. The Brexit vote shocked investors who were counting on early polls that supported remaining in the EU.
As I’ve read the experts conflicting forecasts of the potential impact, I keep returning to several Biblical truths that should be the foundation of our thinking in any global crisis.
God is in control. “EVERYTHING in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of EVERYTHING” (1 Chronicles 29:11). The markets may have been surprised by the vote, but the Lord knew exactly what would happen because He ultimately orchestrated it.
Compared to God nations are powerless. Isaiah 40:15-16 tells us how God views even major nations. “The nations are like a drop in a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales . . . all the nations are as NOTHING before the Lord, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.”
Let that sink in for a minute. When the Lord evaluates the world’s most powerful nations, He compares them to a drop from a bucket or speck of dust. Acts 17:26 makes it clear who is in complete control of countries. It says, “The Lord . . . . scattered the nations across the face of the earth. He decided beforehand which should RISE and FALL and WHEN. He determined their boundaries.”
Investments are uncertain. In 1 Timothy 6:17, these words are written, “Instruct those who are rich in this present age not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the UNCERTAINTY of riches, but only on God.”
During any financial crisis, it is a reminder that we should be faithful stewards of whatever the Lord entrusts to us, by being generous, consistently saving and getting out of debt.
Warmly in Christ,