Last night, after enjoying a delightful outdoor dinner with friends, we scurried home and boarded our pontoon boat to try to capture an 8:42 sunset. As we idled out of our cove, the excitement of what this week holds for "lake goers" came into play as we passed docks adorned with our American flag and youngsters swimming at dusk! I decided to take this week ahead and hopefully capture through the lens of my camera what it means to be an American living on a lake in the mountains of SW Virginia!
Recently, during a Bible study here at our home, some controversial social issues were being discussed.
The judgmental phrase was tossed out and I replied that the Bible is pretty black and white on sin issues. Then I mentioned that historically, God has removed his hand from nations who remove themselves from His ways. One woman was not happy with me for the comment and stated I was trying to invoke fear. Personally, I am not fearful of Jesus coming back...I actually long for his return.
I'd much rather He come back than live here in a nation governed void of godly principles.
The same God, who brought Saul to a life altering experience, is still on his throne today and is changing lives. State it or not....we are and will always be "One nation under God...under God's authority that is. As we step into this week of celebration for America, may we pray for God's sovereign will to be done in our nation.
Check out Job's take on who God is.
From God We Learn How to Live
True wisdom and real power belong to God;
from him we learn how to live, also what to live for.
If he tears something down, it's down for good;
if he locks people up, they're locked up for good
If he holds back the rain, there's a drought; it he lets it loose, there's a flood.
Strength and success belong to God; both deceived and deceiver must answer to him.
He strips experts of their vaunted credentials, exposes judges as witless fools.
He divests kings of their royal garments, then ties a rag around their waists.
He strips priests of their robes, and fires high officials from their jobs.
He forces trusted sages to keep silence, deprives elders of their good sense and wisdom.
He dumps contempt on famous people, disarms the strong and mighty.
He shines a spotlight into caves of darkness, hauls deepest darkness into the noonday sun.
He makes nations rise and then fall, builds up some and abandons others.
He robs world leaders of their reason, and sends them off into no-man's-land.
They grope in the dark without a clue, lurching and staggering like drunks.