“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” ~1 Kings 17:9 (NKJV)
In 1 Kings 17:1, we see Prophet Elijah declaring that there will be no rain until his say so. We are told “And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word” (NKJV). We don’t know why Elijah decided to pray that there will be no rain! Elijah appeared to have cut his nose to spite his face! He called forth a drought without quite figuring out how he would survive, but God was merciful!
God provided for Elijah even though he caused the problem in the first place! It doesn’t matter how you got into this pickle. God will come through for you! In the same way, we don’t know the exact cause of the present world-wide recession ~ We can blame the governments and bankers. However, the truth of the matter is that we couldn’t say for certain!
You may never know why you are going through what you’re going currently through! Maybe you’re like Job, who had no idea of the following discussion between God and Satan about him:
One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. God singled out Satan and said, “What have you been up to?” Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.” God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.” Satan retorted, “So do you think Job does all that out of the sheer goodness of his heart? Why, no one ever had it so good! You pamper him like a pet, make sure nothing bad ever happens to him or his family or his possessions, bless everything he does—he can’t lose!” “But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He’d curse you right to your face, that’s what.” God replied, “We’ll see. Go ahead—do what you want with all that is his. Just don’t hurt him.” Then Satan left the presence of God. (Job 1: 6 – 12, MSG)
It doesn’t matter how you got into it your present situation. It may be an attack from the devil. It may even be self-inflicted. But that’s irrelevant. God will come through for you if you call out to Him. You only need to be willing and obedient!