It is the dog days of summer. In history, this saying has its roots in astrological poems and bad luck. I think that we just associate it with heat, humidity, lethargy, and summer showers.
The news cycle seems to be stuck in these dog days. There is the political news cycle, but when is there not? The stock market is up, but who really trusts that? We all seem to be bracing for the Presidential election.
So, how should we think about days like this? Well, let’s think back 5 months; we were getting hit with wave after wave of bad news. The Coronavirus had just hit the US, the economy was shutting down, and the stock market was tanking. This is in a year that our President was impeached and protests have grown into riots.
Back then we looked at Ecclesiastes 3. Now you may know this chapter verse because The Byrds made it famous with the song “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Verse 4 says there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance. We’ve had our time to weep and mourn. And many families are still in these days. But for some, the virus has pushed us back together as families. There are more nightly dinners together, more canoe trips, and driving vacations. This made me think of verse 11 in that same chapter in Ecclesiastes: “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”
So, how can this affect us financially? This same chapter goes on to teach that “there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime;” and “that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God.”
Financially, this should help us find peace, rest in stability, and trust God. There is nothing out of His control. He has made everything appropriate in its time, so enjoy your work and do good, because this is a gift from God.