Everywhere I turn there is an explanation/reasons as to why prices have increased. Consumers and businesses are feeling the pinch of the broad increase of goods and services. Inflation today was as a result of the pandemic and governments’ efforts to stimulate the economy. It has also been fueled by wars in Ukraine and the Middle East. A dollar today is worthless than it was yesterday, the value of currencies is constantly reducing to nothing. Bills are staggering, we are depleting our resources to meet up with life’s demand. Credit card balances are on the rise. We can barely keep up with gas prices, household grocery bills are skyrocketing, our investments are not yielding any returns, the weather condition is not helping either. Trying to dress up properly is an added burden to the already stretched resources and to make matters worse, there’s barely been any pay increase. Though the Bible doesn’t specifically mention the word inflation, the curse of what we are facing today was described in Haggai 1:6-7 “You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways”.
This is a clear indication that we can’t depend on the economy of the world rather the economy of God. Where there is no fluctuation, deflation, recession or inflation. His Kingdom is unshakable, unwavering, unchangeable. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8-9. With the rising cost of food, majority of people have reduced their food intake, some are skipping a meal or two, others have refined the way they shop, some have gone on a diet, others have began to cook their own meals rather than dining out, while others have refrained from eating at all 😡. Like the popular Nigerian singer PSqure sang “e no easy oh” I can now attest from my own lens.
I can actually feel the pinch as well, I have switched from a monthly grocery shopping to a weekly shopping. This enables me to always take advantage of weekly sales items, which might not necessarily occur during my monthly shopping. Another aspect of mind is praying on my way to the grocery store, for favorable and reasonable prices. And this has been a tremendous blessing 😀. I know it is not guaranteed, but prayer aligns our will with God. Prayer also aligns our life with Him and brings freedom to the soul. Sometimes, all we need is the freedom that all is well with our soul. I do not have the energy to drive to multiple grocery stores in search of products on sale like some people do, nor cut back my appetite and that of my family members and I do not consider wholesale shopping the best option. All I know is to take every situation to God in prayer – big or small for He has promised us Peace and food for hardworking people. It doesn’t matter what we face, as long as His Spirit is in our lives, we are more than conquerors. Have you stopped believing or praying? Please don’t, because our God can change any situation, reach every scenario and defeat any obstacle. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFqgblJgej8
The world is facing inflation, but our Lord turns all things to be answerable to Him. We shouldn’t be afraid of the unknown nor the known. In times of inflation, like what we are facing today, we should hold on to what we do know – what Jesus did on the Cross is what we should hang onto in moments of doubt. And what we don’t know, we take them to Jesus and allow Him to meet us in our space. We should not allow the circumstances surrounding us to overshadow what we know. God is not distant in our doubt. He has given us the Holy Spirit to be our guide, direct our path and thoughts, and help us face our circumstances with boldness. God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19I pray you are filled with the Holy Spirit today to hear the truth, to see God in your situation, impact others around, enable you to see the next, unites us and to continue the movement of God – spreading the gospel. We do not depend on the world’s economy rather God’s economy where everything remains unchangeable. For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. Malachi 3:6.
As you scramble the grocery stores in search of price match, also remember that shrinkflation has taken over the spike in prices. So watch out for items that have reduced in size but come with a price hike. When you shop, check for the unit pricing, which measures the amount of product per item. Make a budget and stay on top of it. Take advantage of items on sale, coupons. Also shop no-name items – is a huge cost saving mechanism. I also find doing grocery shopping alone with no family member has been beneficial as they might have different tastes. Also, avoid traveling to multiple grocery stores, it’s time consuming, and not cost effective on your gas as well. Cut back on perishable products, save leftovers in the freezer – it will come in handy for next week’s meal. I do not encourage wholesale shopping either, but hey if that works for you, go for it. As Amos 9:13 says “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. This is yet another attestation that the righteous will never be forsaken. As long as we are alive, there is hope! As long as He is living, there is hope! & as long as we have breath in our lungs, there is certainly hope! And Hope is found in the resurrection and return of Jesus, because He lives we can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone.
Above all, work hard, put God First, walk in your identity in Christ and remain fearless. Every storm will come to pass. We should be relentless and pray in earnest when faced with difficult and challenging situations.“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?. For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34. You are more than able, keep growing, keep reaching & never settle for less. Open your heart and mind by giving the Holy Spirit license to every area of your life. You will experience God-flation in ways that you never imagined. One love makes great love – Shalom!