One of the unfortunate side-effects of this pandemic is that prices for groceries are surging. A recent study revealed that groceries have jumped by 2.6% between March and April. While that might not sound like a huge percentage, that is the largest single-month increase since 1974. Eggs (up by 16%) saw the highest jump, but almost everything from meat to produce to donuts saw large increases as well.
Apparently, this is an example of economics 101 – supply and demand. With the restaurant industry taking a massive hit due to COVID-19, more of us are eating at home. This means we need more groceries and an increased demand results in increased prices. As there continue to be runs on various food items from flour to soup to tofu even, we might continue to see large variations in our grocery bills.
We can be thankful as Christians that we don’t have to worry about God changing the price of salvation from month to month. The cost of grace has always been the blood of Jesus, and it has never fluctuated. We can rejoice knowing that the bill was paid in full on Calvary and there is nothing we can do to add or subtract even a cent. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:8, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” May we never worry about being able to afford salvation because we daily accept God’s gift of grace!