The mid-term election is over. Men and women – candidates from every state – declared what they stood for and what they would do to improve our country…they all made promises.
We Americans, after looking for truth in those declarations made by the candidates, voted for who we thought would best serve our nation.
Will their political promises be kept? Track records reveal political promises made before elections have not always been kept after the election is finalized. Promises made…but unkept…indicate trust was broken. For any nation to succeed it must have trust in Someone…Someone who is fully truthful…
Mankind (let’s specifically reference politicians) has a way of letting followers down, of stretching truth or outright lying for personal gain. No country, including America, will fully succeed at prosperity, inventiveness, love, law, or safety by relying on one of our own to produce forever positive end results.
America needs Jesus.
Jesus can be fully trusted with the livelihood of America. Jesus is forever faithful and never made a promise He did not keep. Read what God’s servant Joshua tells the nation of Israel just before he dies at the young age of one hundred and ten.
Joshua 23:14 “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
Sea of Galilee, Israel
God made many good promises to His people. One good promise He made to them was spacious land flowing with milk and honey. He gave this gift to Israel and it is irrevocable. Even though Israel was banished twice from their land for refusing God, His promise to them remained and remains their land forever.
God is a loving Father whose children need to trust him.
Along with the good promises loving fathers gift to those he creates, rules for safety and to teach proper growth to his children are also important. However, a loving father must also include punishment for defiance as incentive to follow those rules and as a way to learn.
Joshua 23:15-16 But just as all the good things the LORD your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the LORD your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”
Over the years America, lead by politicians and with little disagreement from citizens, has like Israel, violated God’s commands. Israel sinned by worshipping gods created by other nations, specifically from Egypt where they had been enslaved. America, instead of trusting God, we consider ourselves gods, a me-first attitude doing as we please while worshiping ourselves over He who created us.
Joshua was not like most of Israel. Fully trusting God, Joshua declared his faithfulness to the Lord and encouraged Israel to do the same. Joshua knew blessings come to those who trust in the Lord and he wanted Israel to receive those blessings.
Joshua 24:14-15 “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
After Joshua spoke his heart to Israel they answered back to him
Joshua 24:16-18 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God.”
At first, Joshua did not believe Israel could return to following God’s ways. He doubted their ability surly because of their past doubts of God. As they continued to proclaim their devotion to believe and obey God Joshua then believed them.
God’s nation followed through on their commitment to God as Joshua died, to the time the elders of Israel also died. But Israel, following the passing of the strong spiritual and government leadership of Joshua and the elders, then began its sharp decline.
The United States, like Israel, is also going through a sharp decline. Our strong covenant with God, started by the Pilgrims and their Mayflower Compact, is being tested again and again. Our courts denying religious rights, our schools refusing prayer, abortion rights, societal ideals over family control…the list is long.
God told Joshua exactly what he had to do to be prosperous and successful. Joshua trusted Him. And the Israelites, by following Joshua, lived a life of rest until they chose to not trust God any more.
American Christians, no matter who won in the midterm election, we always have opportunity to live like Joshua, “as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Political promises don’t have great track records – but God does!
May we trust God’s word.
Joshua 1:7-9 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
Have you invited Jesus into your heart? Now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Through Jesus you will receive hope that He alone offers.
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
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