2/12/2020 – Pastor Brian’s Blog –
Well, the impeachment is over, so it must be time to get back to the work of the people. Or is it? This is what some people are saying about President Trump since the impeachment ended… James Carville, a former adviser to President Clinton said that “Trump is the greatest threat to America since the fall of communism.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that “Trump has got to go because he’s destroyed America’s honor and values.” And Nancy Pelosi said Trump remained “impeached forever” and that ripping up his State of the Union address was “completely, entirely appropriate.”
Well, at least President Trump has moved on. Or has he? President Trump claimed Friday that Democrats “looked like fools” during this week’s impeachment proceedings. He would later say that “Our country is being run by incompetent people.” And regarding those that are running to take his job as president he said… “I want you to know: We will never let socialism destroy American healthcare.”
And those people that are running for office, what is their solution to our divide? More government…. Elizabeth Warren wants government to “provide universal childcare for every baby in this country age 0 to 5, and universal pre-K for every child.” Bernie Sanders wants to spend 3 trillion dollars and have the government run a “Medicare for All” plan. Mayor Pete feels that the killing of babies is a human right and wants that right to be funded by the US government. Biden promises on day one he would push to have a law passed that would make “gender identity” a protected minority class, thus forcing private businesses to accommodate transgender individuals in virtually all forms of commerce or else face penalties for “discrimination.”
When I look at our government and the people that run it, it is hard for me to think that anything good can come out of Washington. As I was thinking about that today, Moses came to mind. What do you think Moses was thinking while he was standing before Pharaoh, with only his staff in his hand and the clothes on his back, demanding that Pharaoh let God’s people go? My questions would be something like this: “How did I get here?” and “God, what were you thinking when you thought that Pharaoh would listen to me!?!?”
Then it happened… During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go.” Exodus 12:31-32
What about Nehemiah? He was just a servant to King Artaxerxes, but when he heard that Jerusalem was in shambles, and the walls were demolished, he became burdened. So what did Nehemiah do? He prayed… “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11
One day Nehemiah was in front of the King, and the King asked, “What is wrong?” So Nehemiah, although afraid and his knees were knocking, he told King Artaxerxes his burden for Jerusalem and then listed all the supplies he would need to make that 80 hour trip, as well as repair the walls.
And what happened? Nehemiah writes… And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests. Nehemiah 2:8
And who can forget that time when King Nebuchadnezzar threw 3 of God’s finest Hebrew boys into the fiery furnace, only for this to happen: He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire. Daniel 3:25-26
God’s will is not hindered or restricted by our government either… During the convention to write the US Constitution, it is said that the meeting became very divisive; tempers began to flair, men began shouting and the ability to come together to make any decision seemed to be futile. At that moment Benjamin Franklin who struggled to get to his feet asked: “In this situation of this assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find a political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illumine our understanding?”
Benjamin Franklin was correct; it isn’t our government but our God who rules in the affairs of men. Maybe Ben understood Proverbs 9:10… Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
So whether it is our government that scares or discourages you, or if it something else that is going on in your life… Don’t worry, God’s got this! All we need to do is to give it to Him!
Whether it is running the government or our own lives, George Washington knew the secret to success… “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
God’s got this! So rest in Him, and remember… He is watching you!