Looking For Solutions in All the Wrong Places – GOD IN GOVERNMENT SERIES

By Sandra Robles
July 16, 2010


Looking For Solutions in All the Wrong Places

How easy it is to become discouraged in this day and time.  As we consider all the predictions of escalating national debt, high unemployment, increasing taxation, and loss of individual freedom, many of our hearts succumb to a desperation for which we can find no solution.

If we continue to look to ourselves…to mankind…our depraved roller coaster ride of fear will only get worse. We, as Christian Conservative Americans, must look beyond ourselves for the answer.

As I read Jeremiah 12 this morning, I was reminded by Jeremiah of today’s pleas and protestations from God’s remnant in our country. That there is a remnant here is no question, whether we number two or two hundred million makes no difference.  God’s word applies to both the remnant and the wicked.

Jeremiah complained to the Lord about the age old question. “Why does the way of the wicked prosper?” Do not we ask this same question every day? As the United States faces an overwhelming and constant barrage of one manufactured crisis to another, an onslaught of media propagandizing one evil agenda to another, have we not become exhausted with the effort to rationalize what we perceive as an ever degrading prognosis of our future? Consider Jeremiah’s complaint

“How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered. Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, ‘He will not see what happens to us.’”(Jer. 12:4)

Do we not make the same complaint?  Is it a Godly pursuit to assume God is not seeing “what happens to us.” NO! Is it a Godly pursuit to focus on tomorrow’s anticipated future tyranny? Well…let’s discuss this.

There is no doubt that God responded to Jeremiah and expressed great anger towards his children. God said

“They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. So bear the shame of your harvest because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”(Jer. 12:13)

See…Israel had once again turned away from God. God said to himself, of his people, “Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.”(Jer. 12:6) Are we in America feeling “worn out” as we seek to restore our nation yet appear to gain nothing from our efforts? Are we truly being obedient to God or are we simply giving him lip service as did the people of Israel.

In 2010, we find ourselves in the same situation as was Jeremiah’s beloved Israel. Luckily for Jeremiah, God explained his anger to him. For my dear reader, open your heart that God also is revealing to us, through scripture, the error of our ways and the consequence of our lack of obedience to our Father in Heaven.

“There are times when sin brings it’s own bitter reward. A time comes when God must dispense justice. As long as the people remained unrepentant and continued in their sin, neither their prayers nor Jeremiah’s would prevent God’s judgment.” (footnote pg 1310)

This concept not only applied to Israel during Jeremiah’s day but applies to us in the present.

Did God respond to Jeremiah’s request to butcher…drag away for slaughter…his oppressors? He did, but not in the way Jeremiah anticipated. As the footnotes state, rather than remove Jeremiah’s oppressors, “God’s reply in effect was, “If you think this is bad, how are you going to cope when it gets really tough?”(footnote pg 1312)

As America’s oppression and degradation continues, it appears that the Lord is giving us the same answer he gave Jeremiah. God wanted Israel to be committed to him even when the going gets tough, even if they asked for and did not receive instant relief. This is what God wants out of his people in America! He wants commitment bound in faith, honor, and obedience rather than our pervasive desire for a “politician” Lord who plays tit for tat. Unlike Congress, God will not participate in our efforts to lobby His good will. The tomb is empty people! We have nothing to offer the Lord that is not already His! His justice is not up for appeal!

After, berating Jeremiah, God goes on to promise him “as for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands…I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance and his own country.” (Jer. 12:14-15)

However, the Lord ends his promise with a warning. “But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it.” (Jer. 12:17)

So back to one of my original questions. Is it a Godly pursuit to focus on tomorrow’s anticipated future tyranny? NO, I say! God has made it clear. For those who are reading this, the most Godly pursuit for Christians in America would be that of repentance, obedience, endurance, trust, and worship of God Almighty as he dispenses much needed justice and reprimand to his wayward children!

Does this mean we should not pursue creative means to take back our souls…our government…from her current oppressors. Absolutely not. While our destiny is in God’s hands, we are not to ignore sin or sit back and allow evil leaders to carry on their wickedness. The caveat remains that we are not to take actions that are against God’s laws.

If we look back to 1 Sam. 26, God delivered evil King Saul into David’s hands. However, David refused to kill Saul. Why? The footnotes on page 482 state

“God had placed Saul in power and had not yet removed him. David did not want to run ahead of God’s timing. We are in similar situations when we have leaders in church or government who are unfaithful or incompetent. It may be easy for us to criticize or move against a leader oblivious to God’s hidden purposes and timing. Determining not to do wrong, David left Saul’s destiny in God’s hands. While we should not ignore sin or sit back and allow evil leaders to carry on their wickedness, neither should we take actions that are against God’s laws. We should work for righteousness while trusting God.”

Our suffering in America today, just like in Jeremiah’s day, is not meant to punish us, but to correct us and restore us. It behooves us to learn from the example set by Israel, Jeremiah, and David rather than continue wandering off the pathway of righteousness.

We can be free of fear of tyranny. We do not have to be concerned with the timing of God’s justice. We are made free by the blood of Jesus Christ whose grace and mercy endures forever. For those who follow the righteous path as given to us in scripture…we are already free. What we perceive as a battle is already over. The battle is won! God Almighty is in charge. All that is left is the taking of prisoners. God’s word to our oppressors is clear,

“And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives’ – even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal – then they will be established among my people.  But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it.” (Jer. 12:16-17)

Praise be to God.

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