dependence on god

March 2nd, 2016

Psalm 146:3-5: 3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. 5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:”

Last night, Loretta and I went to the caucus in MN to do our civic part. To complain about what is happening in our country and to not do what we can to effect positive change is an indictment against ourselves. That said, a Christian should vote and participate in our form of government with the understanding our real help does not come from earthly princes who are made of clay. There is no one Democrat or Republican who can solve the woes of our country. Politicians who spout and proclaim what they will do to make America great again or heal America, or return to the Constitution or whatever their principle political slogan is, must realize that without the blessing of the Lord they can really do nothing.

In the Old Testament, King Nebuchadnezzar boasted of his great political achievements in building up the nation of Babylon, all the while failing to realize his great military, political, and economic wealth was the result of God raising him up as the sword of the Lord to punish God’s people, Israel, for falling into idolatry. In his arrogance, he looked at what he had done rather than at what the Lord allowed him to do resulting in God humbling him.

Daniel 4:30-31: 30 “The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.” 

If you read the rest of the story, Nebuchadnezzar lived like a beast of the field eating grass for seven years to learn the lesson “who the God of heaven is”. Fortunately, for Nebuchadnezzar, he learned the lesson and he was restored to power.

As we look at our country, we must look to some timeless eternal truths for our survival as a great country that is a lighthouse to the world for political, economic, and religious liberties.

Positively, see Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Negatively, see Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

Really, what we need to do is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

May God Bless America.

May we be salt and light,

Pastor John Schofield