BY LEANN DILBECK –
Almost every single piece of media you pick up over the last week has some reference to “shut-down.” Thousands of lives have been directly impacted by our government’s actions, or lack thereof, and that number will continue to grow as the effects trickle on down. Everyone has an opinion on the motivation for the action or the strategy that is being played. My opinion and thoughts of the politics will remain my own but I will say how very grateful I am to know who is ultimately and truly in control of this country and it is not our federal government.
I am, in no way, minimizing the significance of their efforts. While there’s a lot of finger-pointing going around…I think there’s enough blame to go around…every single one of us have played a role in this. They are a government that still answers to the people but what have we asked of them? We’ve repeatedly said we deeply desire what we want, when we want it, how we want it, and the way we want it. We’ve allowed a very vocal minority to attempt to remove God at every opportunity. We’ve asked for His continued blessings and protection and yet refuse to allow Him His rightful place as the head of this Nation. We have continued putting our faith into the men and women who serve in positions of authority, but let us not forget that they don’t serve at our leisure…they serve at our Almighty God’s leisure.
I’ve heard so many theories over the last week. That this is fulfillment of prophesy…the beginning of the end days, if you will. I’m not debating whether it is or it isn’t but I do know this, God has a way of humbling us both as individuals and as mighty Nations and until we return to honor and acknowledge Him, He will not heal our lands.
The uncertainty causes fear but we must remember the government is not our God. We serve a mightier God that doesn’t shut-down but remains among His people who call on His name. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Many have longed for the days that we return to the basics and it may take a Nation being humbled and in its broken state, that God can shine the brightest through the cracks as we piece by piece begin to rebuild. It may be in that broken state that we can all remember the One from whom all blessings flow.
Jeremiah is such a dark book of the Bible and yet so full of some very beautiful promises for redemption and blessing. Jeremiah 33:6, “Behold, I will bring to it health and healing and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.” God desires to bring us health and healing. The heart of God longs to give His people who seek Him and seek His will, His guidance and discernment, joy, praise, honor, goodness, and peace. When will we, as a Nation, realize that our strength is not found in the size of our budget or in the size of our military? How broken must we become, as a Nation, before we surrender, as a Nation, to Him and seek His guidance? Are we to that point? Are we ready to cry out His name, as a Nation? Or will we be more concerned with political correctness? If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything but if you stand for too many things, do you truly stand for anything?
It’s going to take much more than the world’s most gifted economist or political strategist to lead us out of the crisis we currently find ourselves in. We didn’t get here overnight nor will we fix it overnight but at some point, we have to acknowledge the real problem and stop putting band-aids on one crisis after another. The first step in fixing a problem is acknowledging the real problem. The real problem is, as a Nation, in our quest for progress, we’ve embraced political correctness over embracing the Biblical principles this country was founded on.
“Give them roots and give them wings…” We’ve soared like eagles. But at what cost? It’s time to remember the roots from which this great country came.