Dear God: From a Nation

In today’s lonely and what seems to be a darker season of our life times, we find ourselves holding close to us the things that matter. We’re spending less and not doing quite the same things we did several years ago with our money. We cherish more and more the loved ones we have and the time spent with them. In spite of all this, we as a nation and a people continue to see ourselves as being innocent of these harsher times and blaming those who put us into this international rut. Blaming our neighbors for their wrongs against us or pointing the finger at the businesses, the churches, and the organizations that would stop this hurting that we’re all facing today.

What I find interesting about all of this would be that we are so consumed with pointing the finger everywhere else for our harsh realties that we fail to realize that we were the ones responsible for it. And yet, even if we were to realize that, we would blame the only person that we know can’t really hold responsibility for our transgressions: God.

The other day at church, 12Stone, PK (Pastor Kevin) talked about the story that took place in the book of Jeremiah, chapter 4. On how Israel, the country and people chosen and set apart by God, had drifted away in their selfish endeavors, in their higher thinking, in their “I know what is best for me and you don’t know what I’m going through.” mentality; and God put through the Prophet Jeremiah his words to proclaim to all of Israel that it was not He who had given up on His beloved people, but begs the question: “Why have you given up on me?” As if to say that God is speaking to US, the decendents of Abraham, His Chosen and Blessed people, that we have given up on Him and He urges us to say, “I haven’t given up on you. That I have something greater for you, that even though you can’t see it now, I know that I have something big planned. Be patient and live in my promise.”

For fear grips us right now as a nation, fear of loss, fear of a hopelessness, fear of a life that leaves us empty and alone. Fear of what could happen if God were to give up on us… fear of what could happen if we all said, “God, we don’t need your help… just leave us alone,” and He did. Fear that we’ll get the very things that we ask. When all is said and done, God keeps His promises: promise of life or the promise of death. What I fear most, is when we as a nation rise up and say, “We’ve given up on you, just leave us alone,” and He does.

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~ by Leng Yang on May 4, 2009.

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