Sunday, February 1, 2009
A Lost Nation
Tell me if this sounds like our Nation of today;
Luke 15:11-31 The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13 "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.' 20 So he got up and went to his father.
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
28 "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'
31 " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
Now does this sound like our nation today? Have we not used up the blessings that our Father has given us and sought out to gain by means of self pleasure, deception, lies, imoralities, at the cost of others even if it hurts them. We as a nation have turned our backs on God. We have taken him out of our public schools, off of our public lawns in the form of Nativities, we have taken him out of our daily lives. I for one am shamed for what our nation has turn too. Yes, I am as guilty as the next person, I have foresaken God as you have. I have made lite of his glory and grace, set him on the back burners and at times even forgotten he was there.
I thank him for not being of my mind set, for he has always been there during the times that I have left him out. Seems like most of the time he is carrying me and I do not even realize it. I know he has taken ver good care of me in the past and will do so to come. I just need to continue to remember what the Word says in
32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I believe it is time for our Nation to come back to the teachings and following of our Lord and Savoir. Is this a test, a challange or just a glitch; I would suggest we adjust our selfs to comply to God's Word before we get so far down that there is no return. It is time we stand up and proclaim what is right and who we are, as followers of Christ we will not crawl under a rock and hide, wimper and whine, but we will stand boldly and acknowledge our faults and short comings. Be blessed and give God the glory for which he deserves. Be happy with what he has given you and the situation you are in for it is in the hands of God and we should praise hime for this.
My own situation with lack of work and short of income has been a blessing to watch God supply. I have full trust that he will not let me sink that he is just preparing me and my family for something much greater. I thank my God above the health of my family and loved ones, the roof over my head and the food in my stomach, for it is without him, none of this would be posible.
So next time you think you have it so bad and want to blame someone, look in a mirror, it hits a little closer to home that way. Try spending a little more time on your knees in touch with the one whom has the Master Plan.
May all of your lives be blessed and full of glory.