Today’s word for July 29, 2011


our oxen will draw heavy loads.
There will be no breaching of walls,
no going into captivity,
no cry of distress in our streets.
Psalm 144:14

Peace and Prosperity. The dream and goal of many people. People who have achieved these goals have realized that they must work very hard to get them. They also know that as much or more effort is required to keep what has been achieved. Great leaders have led nations through wars and catastrophes and have left their names engraved in history but the peace and prosperity for which they fought so hard, most likely will be long gone. All the nations have poor memory and soon forget that human plans can only achieve ephemeral successes and that nothing is safe if it does not come from God. Some leaders have tried to make his followers believe that their plans are a reflection of God’s plans and the people have swallowed this lie hook, line and sinker.

Which one of today’s leaders can say with David, “Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”? Can you imagine any of them publicly expressing their trust in God with sincerity and confidence? I fear that secularism has gained valuable ground from faith in this area . The portion of the word we have placed at the beginning of this reflection is followed by this other portion: “Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the LORD.”  A nation can not obtain and maintain economic success and peace unless it has the support of God and God’s support does not come by decree. God’s support is only available to those who have made the decision to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and not in the steps  the world. May God raise leaders who can govern with wisdom until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. To God alone be the glory!

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