WHAT AILS THIS NATION
We are living in troubling times. As I get older the more I think about what I am leaving behind to my kids and grandkids. Yes, my wife and I hope to leave some money to help our kids and grandkids in some meaningful ways. I am not sure that we will be able to do all that we are planning. Health costs are rising astronomically. A national debt that is staggering needs to be paid down. I am sure that taxes will need to rise. I wonder, if the world continues for any amount of time, what will be left.
Politicians promise all kinds of things. They say they will fix it all. With all the presidential candidates it appears that there are plenty who think they can do it.
The problem is that our nation is turning its back on the solution and thinking that by doing so we have the solution. We are like the person who refuses to take the medicine that will make the patient feel better. We turn our backs to God who is our solution.
This is not the first time by any means that backs turned on the Lord led to problems. Study the Old Testament. My own personal Bible devotions have been for the last while from Jeremiah. Through Jeremiah God said of Judah, “My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil.”
The problems begin deep within the soul of humanity. Collectively the state of our nation and the world only proves that the soul is wicked. Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” That is tough to hear and accept but it is truth. Jeremiah says, “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.” Don’t be satisfied with a hard heart; it is time to change. Don’t think you can produce good things when hard ground will only produce hard ground.
Let God speak to you and do the stirring and changing. Let him speak the truth about our sin and cold and hard hearts. Let his Word prepare your heart. Listen to the truth about sin and listen to the truth about forgiveness in Jesus too. The truth is that changed hearts love Jesus and all the virtues he upholds. That changes countries one soul at a time
Pastor Larry Zahn