Monday, August 3, 2015


Psalm 146:5 -  Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.

Romans 8:24-25 - For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 

Our hope should be in the Lord. I could end it right there! But I'm not so short-winded.

I have written for a time about the uncomfortable feelings some are having in our country. I blame it on one thing...loss of God. There is nothing wrong about judging as long as truth is brought into this judgment. What would God think? That's what we should be concerned about.

We do not know for certain where our nation is heading. While I don't want to present a calamitous view on this, the Bible specifically states in the last days what we see happening will greater and greater extent. Let me just say that the leadership of this nation adds to the outcome. And, boy, there are opposing views on leadership. I want only to point out where we can look for help and hope in difficult times. 

The Bible tells us as believers and followers of Christ that no matter what happens, we will not be spared difficulties just because we are Christians. That's where hope in the Lord comes in. It will not come in the form of leadership of this country unless this person is a follower of Christ and tries to lead us based on God's principals. But He often gives us what we deserve, not need. God, however, will guide, strengthen, give wisdom and allow us peace, individually, in our spirits in the midst of turmoil. If our faith in God is strong, His strength will allow us to endure even the most difficult of circumstances. We can be a light in the darkness for those struggling--without a relationship in Jesus Christ.  

We are called to live by faith, not by sight. When we cannot understand in the natural what is happening around us and we begin to fear, we are living by sight. We are living with our own understanding. God's ways are not like ours. They are greater than ours. He knows the beginning from the end in any situation. He knew before time even began, before He created the earth, just how everything would happen, EVERYTHING. If He is able to keep all that straight and we can't, wouldn't we want to put our trust in Him, our Almighty Father? 

When I look at our country and see where we've come from, disappoint grows. Our country was founded on the principles of Christianity. Congress used to begin their sessions in prayer. The Constitution states "One nation, under God." Many of the first states referred to God as "one God," "Almighty, "the Supreme Being," "the Creator," "Savior" and "Lord."  What I'm seeing today does not resemble anything like that.   

I believe the problems arising in this country are because we have changed our course. The world has changed its course as well. I don't believe God is very pleased about it. We're in the birth pangs of the last days, as the Bible states, of turmoil and uncertainty because we have turned our backs, as a nation and world, on God. What's good is now considered evil and evil is good. Millions of abortions are glossed over but the life of one lion (and I am not too keen on killing animals) takes center stage. There's something wrong with that picture. The commandments of the Bible are not looked upon as truth anymore. There is a lack of closeness with God and a lack of wanting a relationship with Him or desire to know who He is and what He says. 

I thank God that even though He might be turning His back on us, He has not turned His back on His children. He stands firm in His covenant with those whose hope is in Him, who do not lose faith in Him and maintain focus on Him. He will not break His covenant with us, although we might with Him, as is seen in this country. He is our deliverer. He delivered Israel out of Egypt and He will deliver us out of this world someday. I eagerly await what I cannot see...for Him, for His return. In the meantime...

Psalm 121:1-2 - I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

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