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Careful Of What You Ask For

Our nation will have elected a new President this month and what a process this has been. Like many of you, I have watched our nation, dear friends and even brothers and sisters in Christ be torn apart and left with much damage and hurts which should never have happened. This particular election for President, I believe will have far reaching ramifications on our nation, that may are failing to see. There is such an anger and mistrust among the people of America for how our government has been run and that is why we are seeing such an uproar in our nation at this time. I am fearful that apart from the healing touch of our Lord, people in America will never be the same.

The problem I believe lies not so much with the two candidates we have to pick from as much as it lies with where our country, and more importantly, where the church of the Living God has gone in the last few years. Technology in the last 100 years has advance at such an unbelievable rate that it seems just when something new comes out, it isn’t very long before that once new product has been replace with something faster, easier to use, less expensive and does more things. Yet, in spite of how great technology has become in America, we still are struggling with hatred for one another; mistrust of our police officers, corruption at all levels and the acceptance such immoral behavior that we would never have thought would been possible.

Please understand, I am not standing on some high moral box; preaching down to you for I am just as guilty of letting this compromise take place in my own life that I have no room to talk. But because I have seen the damage it has brought to my life and the life of our nation, my heart grieves, as it should.

In 1 Samuel 8 the elders of Israel come to the prophet Samuel saying. “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have” None of us would like hearing that we are too old and that our sons have been a total disaster; it would have greatly displease most of us. Yet, that wasn’t what displeased Samuel. It said when Samuel heard the elders say, “Give us a king to lead us” that really displeased him.

Samuel goes and prays to the Lord about this and the Lord assures Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected but they have rejected Me as their king” The Lord instructs Samuel to go and warn the Israelite’s of all that it would entail to have a king like everyone else had.  Samuel is obedient to do this but the people refused to listen to him. “No! We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles” 

Israel had the King of kings, the Lord, leading them, watching over them and going before them to fight their battles and they were doing very well with that but the lust of wanting to be like everyone else was to overpowering for them. In the end we hear the Lord say to Samuel;  “Listen to them and give them a king” 

Our nation was founded on Godly principles and I believe has tried to always seek the Lord in everything we’ve tried to do, but it seems as of late that we are getting away from that value more and more. Are we going to hear the Lord say to us, “Give them what they want” so we can learn a very difficult lesson; time will tell.

Politicians and government will always be what they are; inconsistent and unreliable. What we, the church of the Living God must do, no matter who gets into the office of President, is to do as 2 Chronicles 7:14 says“If My people, who are called by My name, will 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”  This is a sure platform to stand on, one that will always work and one that will glorify the Lord in the end!!!

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