There are two, distinctly separate economic systems in the earth today. The first is the economic system of the world and the second is the economic system of the Kingdom of God. The characteristics of these economic systems are different and distinct. The effects they have on their participants are polar opposites. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, it is likely that you have this gnawing discomfort with the things you see taking place in the world. You may even feel uncomfortable living in and by a system of economics that you are told is normal. For example, in many nations corruption and bribery are deemed “normal”. You may be told “this is just how business is conducted here.” Most of us do not understand why
The Kingdom of God is a system of government that is the most dominant spiritual and moral force on the earth. Like all governmental systems there is also a system of economics. You and I are experiencing the re-emergence of the Kingdom Economy as the understanding of the Kingdom of God grows in the earth. It is not something new, but rather a restoration of a system of economics God gave to Moses in the Torah. As you see nations in crisis, both economically and governmentally, know that God is tearing down a worldly system and establishing His system, the Kingdom.
You may be saying “This book has no relevance to our situation today. God doesn’t care about economics; He only cares about what happens in church!” Consider that in the Torah (first 5 books of the bible), God established the government of a nation that was non-existant. He established how leaders were to govern, the qualifications necessary for appointment as a judge, and how small business was to be conducted, lending procedures, and the list goes on.
God established a system for capital accumulation (the year of Jubilee), income maximization (edges and corners of the fields were to be left unharvested so the poor, the widows and orphans could have it), debt retirement (every 7 years there was to be debt cancelation), and there was more. He stated that if Israel obeyed His directives, His desire for His people was that they would be a lender nation, not a debtor nation. The result was when Israel followed the ways of the Lord, there was no long term debt; the blessing of God was on the small businesses, and Israel became a lender nation, not a borrower nation.
How does this apply in our day? God has established a covenant with His people, both Jew and Gentile, that is unshakeable. As you and I pursue knowing God and understanding His ways as He has revealed them in Scripture, we position ourselves for the wisdom and insight in the worlds of commerce and government. Moses said these profound words in Ex 33:15-16 “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” God’s presence will enable you to operate on a higher level than your peers because of His wisdom, His insight, His understanding and His authority. You will make better decisions, have better judgment and learn to recognize and walk in His favor as you come to know God.