One of the causes of the current inflation is Covid-19 itself. The faster-than-expected recovery of consumer demand, combined with the lagging production of goods, has contributed to the mismatch in supply and demand of goods, thus causing prices to rise.
But, we can remember the many precious lessons that the pandemic has taught many of us.
When we worried about losing our jobs or finding one, our loving Father comforted us and provided for our needs (Matthew 6:29–33).
When we struggled with the stress of taking care of our families amid Covid-19 restrictions, the Lord gave us strength to keep going (Psalm 28:7).
And when we struggled with loneliness, Jesus showed us that He would never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
I can recall how anxious I felt at times during the pandemic. I worried about whether I would lose my job, or how my employer would be hit by the crisis. But it was during this time that I learnt to commit my anxieties to the Lord.
As a result, I experienced peace when I prayed—like the peace described in Philippians 4:6–7—and I also witnessed how God provided for His people through various avenues. It was encouraging and comforting to see and hear of people giving sacrificially, to show the love of God to their neighbours.
The current inflation, too, is compelling me to ask myself again: What is my relationship with money—do I love, trust and pursue it? Can I continue to trust God to help me meet my needs even though prices are increasing? Will I continue to be faithful and obedient in giving, such as the monthly allowance to my father, tithing to my church, and supporting a missionary?
While this time of inflation may be a challenge to our pockets, our bank accounts, and to our faith, I believe that as we examine and reflect on our goals, values and beliefs, and learn to focus on what really matters, we can experience God’s peace and contentment.
And, in our times of distress and worry, we can always cry out to God, just as the psalmists did. As we trust Him to answer our prayers in His time, we will discover, as the writer of Psalm 121 did, that we can keep looking to Him who watches over us:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth. (vv.1–2)