Do you feel life is a burden and not a pleasure? Are family, friends, work, and even your government not giviing you the delight or peace of mind and protection that you believe they should offer? I’ve felt that way before. I’ve felt let down and that personal and social circumstances are out of control.
The good news is, we don’t have to feel that way. God did not create us to be in distress. He creates through His love; giving ability to us to receive His love.
When you love something, you don’t turn your back on it. You nurture it. You remain close, never abandoning your creation. You draw near and care for it.
If you are a Christian you know God is in control at all times. God knows the beginning, middle and the end of our stories. Yet Christians also know the reality of satan’s continual plot to exploit our lives as he tries to entice, manipulate, and yank us away from our faith in all that God is. And satan doesn’t limit his lure to individuals. He also attacks families, groups, businesses and governments–including the government of the United States.
Satan would love nothing more than for American citizens to completely ignore God’s call.
Thankfully, I believe America will never allow evil to overcome. We have always worshiped and relied upon God as we acknowledge His power and holiness. In fact the birth of America began with an agreement with God. This agreement was created in 1620.
Psalm 46 contains an often repeated yet misinterpreted verse from the Bible:
Be still, and know that I am God.
Taken at its word “be still” could mean “be quiet” or “wait.” But, it’s important that we not ignore the context in which the phrase is used. One needs to know exactly what the psalm is referencing before randomly removing a sentence from an entire chapter and fathoming its meaning. In it, the psalmist tells a short story beginning with referencing “trouble”.
Taken from chapter 46 in Psalms, “Be still” isn’t meant to imply passively waiting on the Lord. By studying the Hebrew word and pulling together the entire chapter we see the statement implies more of a call to action. The action to “stop”. As we think about the political climate of America right now this particular verse, in fact the entire chapter, can poetically be applied to the current activity in Washington, D.C.
I admire this nation formed by God. I respect the brave men and women, motivated by God, who fought to establish this country. The precise structure and composing of our Declaration of Independence was hard fought along with our Constitution which affords us liberty and personal rights. How wonderful to be born in a country with these freedoms. May God bless America.
When independence was declared from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, God birthed a new nation. To His glory this new nation was fully aware of their Creator.
”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence.
Of the 56 men who signed this founding document, nearly half (24) held seminary or Bible school degrees. Clearly their instilled Christian faith effected these Founding Fathers as they referenced God in historical documents.
It’s not hard to notice America is living though some tough times right now. The negative effects of Covid continue to cause wide spread havoc in our country. And half of America is unhappy with Washington as politicians fight amongst themselves for their own glory and not for the livelihood of its citizens. With all this chaos causing a domino effect of problems for America it’s understandable folks are feeling lost.
But what, dear Christians, does God instruct His children to do in all circumstances despite living through hardship? The Bible tells us we are to praise Him, Habakkuk 3:17-19. We are to praise His holy name. No matter our situation, good or bad, we are to praise our great Creator. He is the the only One who knows the “why” of all events. Brothers and sisters in Christ, I know it’s hard, but we are to obey His instruction, to place our faith and trust in His perfect plan and timing. He will get us through this season.
Over the years America has separated from God’s timing. We’ve allowed ourselves to indulge in more “me time” and less “God time.” We’ve drifted from the truth, removing God from our government, schools, businesses and even our families. Sadly we opt to fix, or should I state manipulate, situations by our own means. We take on our problems as do-it-yourself projects. But think about it…how’s that technique really working for us?