“It’s The Economy, Stupid!” (Zephaniah 1:10-11)

“It’s the economy, stupid!”

James Carville, former strategist for President Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 Presidential Campaign

Carville persuaded then presidential candidate Bill Clinton to use this line as a focus point for his campaign, railing against then President George H.W. Bush and the recession the United States was experiencing. It’s success led to its adoption in many succeeding political campaigns. 

For many, the economy of our respective countries and our financial well-being often take precedence when we reflect upon our own well-being. As the adage states, “We vote with our pocket books.” 

And there shall be on that day,” says the LORD, “The sound of a mournful cry from the Fish Gate, A wailing from the Second Quarter, And a loud crashing from the hills. Wail, you inhabitants of Maktesh! For all the merchant people are cut down; All those who handle money are cut off.

Zephaniah 1:10-11 (NKJV)

It is instructive that the Prophet Zephaniah proclaimed God’s judgment upon the financial livelihood of the citizens of Jerusalem. They were focused upon their economic well being and had little regard for prophesies to repent of their sins and return to God. Thus God issued a prophecy through Zechariah that, in no uncertain terms, hit them in their pocket books. The Fish Gate, the Second Quarter, and the Maktesh were the main areas of business and commerce in Jerusalem. So long as their businesses were thriving, the Jews were unlikely to fear God and return to Him. God would make sure He had their attention. 

It’s the economy, stupid.

Indeed, sadly, sometimes this is the only way God can get our attention. 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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