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The Cost

This past weekend I spent some time in Myrtle Creek at my aunt and uncle's place while visiting my cousin from Alaska. On the way up, I needed gas. I pulled into 7 Feathers only to realize it was self-serve. Since I am not a pro at pumping my own gas, I decided to head into Canyonville and try to find a little gas station where I could put in $20 or so. I knew I would be paying much more than Grants Pass but it was that or pump my own gas. I opted to pay a bit more. I was wrong!

I found gas for $4.83 a gallon! I was so stoked. After filling my tank and pulling away I realized how ridiculous it was to be so excited about paying $4.83 a gallon! It’s at least double what we were paying 18 months ago.

In January of 2021, it cost me $35 to fill my car. I filled it once a week and had budgeted myself $140 to $150 per month for gas. The last time I filled up in GP, it was $72, over double my budget. Needless to say, my budget is now $280 a month for gas, and it hurts. And don’t even get me started on the price of food!

I know we are all feeling it and we are all asking, “When will it end?” “When will things get back to normal?” “Why does everything have to change?”

What if you knew things would never be the same? What if you knew things were never going back to “normal”? How would you handle that news?

I was talking with my mom about this very topic, and she suggested we will never see gas prices back down to where they were at the end of 2020/beginning of 2021. She bases that assumption off the fact that she has seen this sort of thing many times in her life, and prices never go back to where they were. They may go down a bit, but they never go back. I hope she’s wrong. But every generation has experienced it.

1950 .27

1960 .31

1970 .36

1980 1.19

1990 1.15.

2000 $1.51

2010 $2.79

Look at this. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for gasoline (all types) are over 2,621% higher in 2022 versus 1935.

Between 1935 and 2022 gas experienced an average inflation rate of 3.87% per year. In other words, gas costing $5.06 in the year 1935 would cost $137.70 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase.

No, things will never be the same, but we do not need to be concerned. Not in the way that we lose sleep over it.

James 1:17 reminds us of two great truths:

1) Our Father in heaven is a God of love and a good gift-giver.

2) He never changes.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

There is no variation with God. He does not change.

“For I am the Lord, I do not change…” Malachi 3:6 NKJV

It will cost us the same today what it cost our ancestors hundreds of years ago. The price of eternal life? Free for you and me!

The price will never go up. It will never cost more than we can afford. The less fortunate have as much access as the more fortunate. Everyone has a right to the tree of life.

“But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.” Psalm 102:27 NKJV

So, what if you could know things would never be the same? What if you knew things were never going back to “normal”? How would you handle that news?

The signs are everywhere. Jesus is coming soon. Most prophesy has been fulfilled and it is time for God to free His people.

Yes, these are uncertain times. A bit trying and a bit unaffordable but it is at this very moment that we are told to look up!

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21:25-28 NKJV

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