Monday, January 21, 2013


Today was the public ceremony marking the beginning of our president's second term. 

As we face another four years with the present administration, it is important to remember that the Lord is sovereign above and beyond all the leaders of the earth.  He warns those who seek to give lip service to Him without sincerity that He is in a position to laugh at them. 

Psalm 2  
Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

These next four years offer a huge opportunity for Christians to reach out to those around us to show the love of Christ.  With the rising costs of healthcare and insurance, along with inflation and the general devaluation of the American monetary system, more and more people will be caught in a downward spiral if they try to do everything on their own.  It is a temptation to live "The American Dream" and pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, but the hard truth is that we cannot do it on our own.  Pride is a large part of the reason we're in this mess today.

 Our trust is to be in God alone, not putting any confidence in ourselves or other people.  It is so easy to live as "practical atheists" who know that the Lord is sovereign, but neglect to act like it in daily life. I am just as guilty of this as everyone else.  But the Lord is kind to remind me that I can't go through life without Him, and gently draws His straying lamb back to Himself.   How can we neglect to praise Him and obey Him? 


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