As I write this, the stock market finished the day, of September 23, 2022, at its lowest point since June 2020. The Dow Jones finished the day at 29,590.41. The NASDAQ finished at 10,867.93, and the S&P 500 finished at 3,693.23. I remember when the Dow Jones was over 33,000, so it has taken quite a beating.
On September 15, the Dow was still hovering down around 31,000. We finished the last weekday of this Shemitah cycle at the lowest point since 2020. It didn’t happen any other week or month; it happened on the last Friday of the cycle.
I am no economist and still use a calculator to add and subtract two numbers across. Still, when I see news like this, in a Shemitah year, and we’re less than a day away from the current seven-year Shemitah cycle closing, I look up while many others look at their 401 Ks.
Last month, I wrote an article on the Shemitah. Here’s the link. Check it out for yourself. The Shemitah – What Does This Word Mean?
On Sunday, September 25, 2022, the Shemitah year ends at sunset.
This year, Rosh Hashanah, which is the beginning of the year according to the traditional Jewish calendar, begins at sunset on Sunday, September 25. It will run through nightfall on Tuesday, September 27. Meanwhile, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, begins ten days later on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
Folks, we must remember that we are on God’s calendar. We operate from a Gregorian calendar, but that doesn’t change the facts. God’s calendar and timing are different than ours and take precedence.
Since January 2020, America has seen unprecedented changes, the likes I have not seen in my lifetime. Everything is moving very quickly and changing rapidly. It’s enough to make you nauseous. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you are hiding under a rock.
But as things move and change quickly, and I may add here and around the world, one thing is sure – God is still in control whether we like it or not. The current events of today are not lost on God.
Scripture says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.“ 2 Peter 3:8
“‘Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12
“Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Acts 14:17
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17
In these uncertain times, we must remember that one greater than the world is in control, and he sees and hears us as we cry out to him. Don’t allow what is happening on Wall Street or around the world to shake the foundation on which you stand. There are many reasons to be shaken, but if we stand firm in our faith, look up, and trust the Lord, we will be fine. It won’t be pretty, but pretty isn’t what matters at this point. Pretty isn’t what we’re trying to accomplish.