"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
Is our country in trouble or what? I love how this verse specifically says that God is our "very present help" in trouble. God is our help in this great time of need for our country- it's time we stop looking to man to fulfill that need! Every day I can read on many different news sources how people are looking to the next election cycle- for fresh blood for offices to step in and fix the many troubles in this country. As long as we continue to look to man to solve our problems, it just isn't going to happen! Yes, we need to do our part and research candidates, choose the best person for the job, and then vote. That's part of living in this free nation! But it's so much MORE important that we are doing our part in lifting our country in prayer. And more than that, we need to encourage our leaders to do the same exact thing. A country who prays together will be the country who finds God's favor and finds solutions to their troubles.
And God WILL Bless America Abundantly!
Beyond our borders this week though, I am also deeply in thought and prayer over the rioting situation in the United Kingdom. You know, you expect to hear about riots in less developed nations- or in troubled nations. But in London? London is the capital of civilization, and yet there are riots in the streets, and this attitude is spreading. The worst part about these riots is that there is truly no reason for them. None. These people who are rioting and looting and causing trouble are simply participating in an act of lawlessness. And the people who are not participating are hiding in their homes in fear. May the Peace of God flow through the streets of London, and through all the towns and cities in the United Kingdom. May this desire to riot be quelled by the peace that passes all understanding, and may the people of London not give in to this spirit of fear. May they be encouraged by the love of God that surrounds them and wants to fill them with peace.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
Back in our country, I can't help but continue to be drawn to all the headlines about the finances of the U.S. Right now, as there has been the last two days, there are headlines about Wall Street dropping an alarming number of points. I would just pray this morning that all those people who worry and focus on the areas of finance would truly look at our money and see what it says. "In God We Trust." The United States of America trusts in God, not in the dollar to guide the footsteps of our country.
And may God truly bless the people of America. May we stop fighting each other and start working together to bring justice to all those who need it.