A Prayer for My Country

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.

Psalm 33:12

Why do people look for their salvation and safety with government instead of God?

The stories in the Bible have a common thread running through them…. and some of the most referenced stories often have hidden meaning and message buried beneath the surface, while others are right out in front.

Let’s talk a bit about faith this morning.  Faith is a firm belief and trust in something for which there is no proof.  When we turn to mankind, to government, for an answer to the problems of life, are we acting out of faith or fear?

When the giant Goliath taunted the Israelite army for weeks on end with no challengers, were the Israelites acting out of faith or fear?  Saul, the anointed king of the people was trained, armed, and a physical specimen, yet he cowered, and by his example all of the army did the same – none willing to challenge a single man and place his life in the Lord’s hands through faith.

It was God’s will through this lack of faith to demonstrate the power of faith.  A boy, the youngest born of a small family, a shepherd – not a soldier, was offended by the nature of the giant’s taunts and how none dared stand against him.  He did not put on the armor of man, but rather the armor of God.  He then stood in front of the evil of his time unafraid and unashamed of his faith.

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.

1 Samuel 17:45-57

When did this country stop trusting God and start trusting man to provide for it?

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.

Exodus 14:13

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Could all of our past and current problems be a result of a collapse of faith in God and the prideful replacement of it by faith in man?

 

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Have you ever found yourself in grave danger?

One wrong step and you could die.

That is existence for mankind.

At creation, God was our guarantor of safety and security.  His righteousness held at bay the danger that we now face daily.  Have you ever considered that sin is a result of man attempting to provide for his own security and safety?

We thrust our hand out and took the crown that God alone is worthy to wear and tried to put it on.  We took responsibility for our lives at that moment in time.  The simple act of trying to cover their nakedness in the garden was an act of trying to construct a covering for a perceived weakness.  We crave security and safety.  It is one of our fundamental needs along with food and water.

It is this craving that drives us to pursue safety at nearly every cost.  You see it in the rise of gangs in violent areas, in the demand for stronger social safety nets such as Medicare, Social Security, and Welfare, in the absolute focus on improved safety features for new automobiles, in the intense focus and scrutiny given to mass killings and tragedies from natural disasters to the horrors of war.  Being safe and protected is an obsession for us.

Isn’t each of our reactions to a threat to our safety, whether physical or spiritual, just us trying to sew fig leaves together while we believe we are naked and vulnerable?

Let me break it to you.  Nothing you do will ever convey ultimate safety and security to you.  It does not matter if you live in a bubble and never do anything dangerous, or if you walk around wearing a bullet-proof vest every day of your life.  It does not matter if you move to the safest community in your state or to the most rural part of the country.  It does not matter if you drive the most state-of-the-art car with every safety bells and whistles.  Your life can be snuffed out in a heartbeat.

Stop trusting in mere humans,
    who have but a breath in their nostrils.

Isaiah 2:22

A prayer that I have tried to say daily since I came across it, in a work of historical fiction, is one that has me abdicate my claim to my own safety. This is a hard thing for me to do.  I have a family.  I care for them and wish to provide for their safety and believe that God wants me to do so, but ultimately, we are ultimately dying embers from the moment we are born just waiting to be snuffed out.  I don’t say this to depress you or discourage you, but to encourage you to abdicate the crown that was stolen.  Throw your safety and security at the feet of the Almighty.  Taste true liberty.

Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;
    protect me from the violent,
who devise evil plans in their hearts
    and stir up war every day.
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
    the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
    protect me from the violent,
    who devise ways to trip my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;
    they have spread out the cords of their net
    and have set traps for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
    do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
    may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
May burning coals fall on them;
    may they be thrown into the fire,
    into miry pits, never to rise.
May slanderers not be established in the land;
    may disaster hunt down the violent.

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
    and upholds the cause of the needy.
Surely the righteous will praise your name,
    and the upright will live in your presence.

Psalm 140

The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him,
Who shelters him all the day long;
And he shall dwell between His shoulders.

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