I read on internet news that Social Security benefits may end in 2016. This is bad news for anyone depending on the government to provide for them. “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” This is from Psalm 34:10. Is this statement true? Can you bet your life on it? Basically, I’m presenting here the contention between the institutions of man and the creator of the universe. Who is more reliable?
I’m going with the creator of the universe. Governments have risen and fallen throughout history, but the sun has risen every day since the beginning of creation. That’s reliable! Are hard times coming? Yes, they are coming. For many, hard times have already arrived. Put your hope in the Lord. God may use a government program to help you or the endless selection of other resources at his disposal. God is infinite and all powerful. The governments of man are not, and they are ultimately in God’s control.
My encouragement today is to not let rumors and predictions upset you. Remember the reassurance of Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.” Put your trust in the infinite all powerful God who loves you. Nothing else can compare with him.
Is anyone concerned? Is anyone fearful? I’ve been reading in the Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. They speak of Israel’s sin against God, and the pending doom that awaited them. Jeremiah 9:3 states,
“They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me,” declares the Lord.
We are not Israel, but we are a blessed nation. Did the blessings come from our own hand, or did they come from God? Can we escape the doom of Israel as we continue to reject God? Are we exempt? Though it reads on our coins “In God we trust”, we as a nation do not. We have gone our own way, and we refuse to acknowledge God. When Israel strayed and turned its back on God, the surrounding nations, the descendants of Ishmael, harassed them. I find it most interesting that the eyes of Ishmael’s descendants are now turned to the U.S. We have now become the great evil. Ishmael is against us. Is it by accident that this has happened?
If indeed God does not exist, as many now declare, then we have nothing to worry about. I believe God does exist, and he created us. We as a people belong to him. I also believe that God has the right to and will judge nations. Individuals are judged after death, but nations are judged here and now. If this is true, the people of the U.S. should be concerned; we should be fearful. I close with this warning from Hebrews 10:30-31,
For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.