Consumer confidence was high before 2008, then shot down from 2008 until even now. But that has been the case for years. Consumer confidence, along with stock market have up and down flows over the course of time.
God told them in chapter 8, verses 17-18, "You may say to yourself, 'My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me'. But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which he swore to your fathers."
I've always found these to be incredible verses. God didn't tell them "if they produced wealth". He said He "gives you the power to get wealth". The scripture doesn't only say that God gave them the power to get wealth, but He also gave them the reason. He gave them the power to get wealth in order to confirm His covenant with them.
His covenant He had made with them was an inferior covenant. Hebrews tells us that we live under a superior covenant with better promises (Hebrews 8:6).
If the covenant you and I live under is a covenant of better promises, then that means that those better promises also include the ability to get wealth.
We Don't Feel Blessed
Many have the incorrect motive based on personal insecurities, when they attempt to get wealth.
All of this is rooted in the fact many Christians have a fear of wealth. There are two extremes among believers. One extreme is that God has promised His people large homes, large bank accounts and full wallets. The other extreme is that wealth is sinful and based in pride. Therefore, it's sinful for Christians to even desire more wealth.
Many of God's people are burdened with consumer debt. This isn't God's desire for His people either. It's stated in the book of Proverbs 22:7, that "The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is a servant (or slave) to the lender."
Anyone who has or has had in the past, consumer debt they couldn't pay off every month, are perfectly aware of this truth.
Often the heavy use of consumer debt is based in a fear of lack, or not having enough. Sometimes it's based in a mindset of spending, that one has as a means of comfort or to try and portray the picture or illusion of wealth.
Avoid Falling Prey To Fear
They have stepped into fear regarding his or her finances. That person has become enslaved to fear resulting from serving the spirit of mammon.
There are five things, that will take you into financial fear.
1. The first is intimidation. You can fall into intimidation, when you hear about bad economic news. Jobs are scarce. Interest rates are rising. That economic news seems so large and so bad, you are intimidated into believing you won't be able to provide for you or your family. You fear that you'll sink.
2. The second is focusing on lack or there not being enough. Or you focus only on your employer or customers as your source. When you begin to focus on lack or a limited source of provision, your focus is off of God and how He has given you the power to get wealth.
3. The third is self protection. If we feel our financial well being is being threatened we'll do anything to protect it. But, often this leads into bad decisions. For example, one my chase all kinds of get rich quick schemes or pyramid schemes. Some have even fallen into crime in order to protect their financial well being. But, this isn't a step of faith. It leads you straight into fear.
4. Then the next step is unholy or unwise agreements. This is what happened with Adam and Eve in the garden. The serpent suggested that God lied to them and they could be like God by gaining more knowledge through the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He even suggested they would be like God.
The enemy does the same thing regarding your finances. He whispers in your spirit that you really don't have enough with your current situation. God lied to you about giving you the ability to get wealth. You really can't trust God and you must take matters in your own hands.
When you make these kinds of agreements, you go straight into fear.
5. The fifth is a feeling of hopelessness regarding your finances. This is a very dangerous step. When you take this step, you have given all of your power and authority away. You have put yourself totally under the domain of circumstances. You let others (employers, bankers, government, etc.) control your financial life. Then you plunge into victim hood. When you reach this step, you feel you can do nothing to improve your financial well being. So every result depends on someone else. Then you fear and shutter at the thought of any change in circumstances.
So don't allow these five things to lead you into financial fear. Remember that it is the Lord who gives you the ability to get wealth. Tap into God's wisdom, asking Him for wisdom and revelation regarding your finances, allowing you to grow and walk in faith.