On making our nation great again

I was contemplating what to write this week in light of the election. So much has already been written, and it’s easy to alienate by saying something that puts you in one camp or the other. I don’t think a preacher should be partisan, and it really bothers me when politicians are given the pulpit. Still, we are admonished to “pray for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Timothy1-2)

This year I have committed to reading through The One Year Chronological Bible. It attempts to place all the books and passages of the Bible in chronological order. Marilyn, Nikki, and Grace have all read it through in a year, but I had not done so. I decided this would be the year, and even though I’m not a big fan of the NIV, I thought it would be good to read the Bible again in another translation.

The reading for last Sunday was from the book of Job, and when I read it, I knew I had found the perfect message for this week. I share with you Job 12:13-23.

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.
If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.
He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.
He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist.
He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.
He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.
He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.
He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.
He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.”

I pray for President Trump, and I pray that God makes our nation great again.

God Bless, Rick

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