Money has a way of blurring lines, it immobilizes us to dwell on our innate desire for security and comfort, rather than assessing the overarching situation. This election is capitalizing on those fears, forcing people to question what is best for our divided country. The hope is that somebody will relieve the financial burden that is pitted on them and their children’s shoulders. This mirage has steered many away from the looming moral issues, and has formed a distraction, rather than get us any closer to a resolution.
All over, there are talking heads, politicians who are making promises of financial peace and self- proclaimed methods to gain security, and yet, who is in ultimate control? If these politicians are not subjecting their choices towards the God who controls it all, why should we believe they have any authority to actually bring their promises to fruition? Our priorities are severely skewed. We need to get our hearts right with God, and then we will see who holds our finances in His hands. Life has a domino effect. We are dealing with consequences of a much bigger issue.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
The lure of money, the deception that it will bring some sense of fulfillment is nothing new. Many times in the Bible, you see people choosing their course based on their financial gain… and this decision failed them. The thought that the greatest thing they needed was wealth, fell short over and over again.
Judas sold out Jesus for 30 pieces of silver… when the transaction was complete Judas felt so much guilt he hanged himself. (Matthew 26:15)
Delilah betrayed Samson for the promise of the 5 philistine rulers paying her 1100 pieces of silver. She was responsible for her husbands eyes being gouged out, his capture and eventual death. (Judges 16:5)
A rich man refuses to follow Jesus because he was asked to give up his wealth. (Matthew 19:16-30)
Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It’s humbling to realize our need. We can not truly be at peace personally, or as a country without God as our pillar and light. Logically, it feels that if we were just financially secured, or if our borders were secured, or if _____ (insert a solution to all of the countries problems here) we would be ok, but the truth is these are just secondary issues to a much bigger problem. We are willfully stepping out of God’s provision by our disobedient choices, yet many shake their fist at God. It’s easier to pass the blame, then to face reality.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his step.
But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.
2 Chronicles 7:19-22
We need to start using our voice. We need to vote for people that love and fear God. I am not just talking about what these men say on the campaign trail, but what their actions back up. Are they men of integrity, ethics and morals? Or are they sheep? Because honestly we already have enough of them. We need a strong leader, one who is strong enough to humble himself before the living God and pray for help, pray for guidance, pray for peace that passes understanding. That is the type of president I desire.
And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14