Saturday, September 22, 2012

Nehemiah 5:9 “So I said, ‘The thing that you are doing is not good.  Should you not walk in the fear of our God, to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies?’”

One nation under God – a part of our pledge to this nation we live in.  There are times I look at how our nation behaves and I cannot imagine that God is pleased.  We have many programs set up to feed the hungry of other nations and yet we starve many in our own nation.  We persecute people in our own nation for different beliefs and fight amongst ourselves over petty things.  I have heard it said that people of other nations think Americans are arrogant and selfish.  I can see why they might think that when I look at our nation.  Bringing the view in closer I see there are many good things that are being done too.  There are food banks in cities to combat the hunger there.  Shelters are set up to house the homeless.  Programs are running to educate those who would not receive education otherwise.  We are a diverse nation with many different desires and beliefs.  I know I could do more to help those around me with less than I have.  When I receive abundance I hope that I remember this verse and share my blessings with others.  Join me this week in buying an extra bag of groceries and giving that to a food bank nearby.  Search your heart as I search mine to see where the Lord is calling each of us to do good things.  Let’s walk in the fear of our God, hand in hand.

You bless and we hoard.  You call and we do not answer.  Soften our hearts to the struggles around us and open our hands to share the blessings you have given us.  Let us once more be a nation among nations, honoring you in all we do.  Amen.