Here I am on September 30th and wondering what the implications are or might be if the United States government shuts down on October 1st. I struggle in sometimes even knowing how to pray. There are many things about our government that I love, but some things are hard to love. It is hard to love that we seem to care more about our political parties than we care about moving our nation forward. The scripture tells us that God appoints civil governments.
13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
One of the things that I have seen recently that bothers me is the misinformation that has been spread and continues to be spread about our government ad especially our President. I do not necessarily agree with everything that our President has said, or for which he stands, but I do not agree with spreading falsehoods concerning him or anyone else. I wonder if some of these false accusations are racially motivated. If so, this is even more egregious.
When we spread these falsehoods concerning anyone we are spreading lies. To do so is to advance the work of the Devil. Jesus clearly tells us that the Devil is the Father of lies. John 8:44 says, You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. If you disagree with our government, or the President, than you have every right to express your opinion, work to change something, vote differently, or whatever. I encourage you to be involved in the government. Make sure that your elected representatives know how you feel on certain issues, vote and be involved, but Christian people should not be doing the work of the Devil, and that is what we do when we spread untrue e-mails and so on.
I believe that we as Christian people need to pray for our government at all levels, the Federal, State, and local levels.
Yesterday at 4:44 pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) we switched seasons. Did you notice? We are no longer in Summer, but are now in Autumn. Autumn, or Fall as it is frequently called, is the time of transition between Summer and Winter. At 4:44 pm yesterday it was the exact time that the sun passed over the equator from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. Well, the sun didn’t move, but you know, we did, that is all of us on the earth. The move from Summer, when we have the most amount of sunlight, to Winter, when we have the least amount of sunlight is divided exactly in two by Autumnal Equinox. Balance. That’s what the first day of Autumn is all about.
Is there balance in your life?
Psalm 62:1-4, 9
62:1 For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault a man?
Would all of you throw him down--
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 They fully intend to topple him
from his lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
9 Lowborn men are but a breath,
the highborn are but a lie;
if weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath.
Balance. Sometimes this word refers to someone losing their balance, and thus falling down. Perhaps for a few of you this fits. Sometimes, this might be the story of your life trying to juggle the things in your life like family, work, hobbies, etc. Perhaps this word balance has to do with fairness.
When I was a child my parents went to a butcher shop to buy meat for our family. The butcher would put some of what ever meat Mom wanted to purchase on the scale and weigh it out and charge accordingly. Preceding this use of a scale was the balance scale. A balance scale was a long armed device with the center fulcrum established. A tray was hung from both ends. On the tray would be the standard weight (a pound let’s say), and the other tray would be used to measure the same amount of whatever you were going to purchase. When you had a pound of your product the balance scale would hang level.
In verse 9 above David is comparing both lowborn and highborn men, combining them together and putting them on the balance to be measured. He says that they are only a breath. What does a breath weigh? Nothing. That is what we are worth if our life is out of balance. We (all of us highborn and lowborn) need the Lord. The only way for your soul to find rest is in Him! The only security we have in life comes from Him. He alone is our Rock and our Salvation!
As Autumn begins (this season of exact balance of sunlight) perhaps it is a good time to look at the balance in your life. Is your relationship with the Lord as good as it can be? Balance.
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