With all the despair and well deserved concern happening in our blessed country it is difficult to find encouragement. I can’t make it through a day without dealing with worry. If I didn’t have Jesus as Lord of my life, the despair would continue. Praise God, though! When I find worry overwhelming in my daily life and attitude I am gently reminded that my Lord is bigger than the problems and concerns that I face personally and that our country faces under the direction of an unwise and corrupt administration.
There are many days that I feel like Jeremiah. I am watching my country going down and I weep. I see a power and money hungry government trying to take over. I see a lost people living their lives with absolute relativism. I see corruption on every corner. What has happened. The same thing that happened to Israel and Judah. They turned their back on God and decided to partake in their own type of relativism. They felt it was okay to dabble in a little of this and a little of that. Sounds eerily familiar. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. God is a just God.
I just finished reading the book of Lamentations and was amazed at how it hit home with me and what America is going through. I would urge everyone to read it. Remember the context. Jeremiah had predicted and witnessed the devastation of his homeland. And now he was expressing his nation’s grief. Through the despair, though, you find hope, repentance and renewal.
My prayer is that the people of America will turn back to God and not take the beautiful freedoms he has given us for granted. I pray that they will understand just what God has done for us and remember it every day of their lives. Then and only then will they realize that God is bigger than all of this corruption that is plaguing our government and people.
Who can speak and have it happen
if the Lord has not decreed it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that both calamities and good things come?
Why should any living man complain
when punished for his sins?
Let us examine our ways and test them,
and let us return to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven, and say:
“We have sinned and rebelled
and you have not forgiven.” Lamentations 3:37-42
There is always hope. God gives people a chance. Will we take it? Will you take it?