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Well, I'm back. I've been dragging my feet on posting because quite honestly, I don't feel as if I have anything to say. I very often feel like one of the 'silly women' mentioned in the Bible, and who cares what they have to say? What benefit is it to anyone? I am reminded of the verse in Proverbs 17:28a- Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise. Sometimes by the sheer opening of my mouth I sound like a fool. So you can understand my hesitation in a public forum. Having said that, there has been something on my mind for the last few days.
Do any of you feel like the world (society) has lost its' mind? It seems as if there isn't a day that goes by that we aren't hearing about violence or terror attacks somewhere in the world. Lately, it has been at our own front door. Then add to that all of the government corruption and all of the political monkey business going on right now. Good grief! And let's not even bring up all the strange weather patterns and economic woes. If there were people on other planets, to them I'm sure it would look like we are unravelling; and maybe we are. Let's face it, it's our own fault. For years people, God's very creation, have done nothing but rebel and push him out; out of our schools, out of our churches, out of our country. Then we have the nerve to raise a fist and demand to know "WHY?" We are so quick to blame God for all the thing we deem bad in our world- without taking any responsibility for our own behaviors and actions. God isn't gone. He will never leave His children. I do, however, believe He has lowered the hedge of protection and allowed us to have what we wanted. Funny thing is, We get to choose our behaviors and actions, but we don't get to choose the outcome or repercussions of those actions.
Instead of blaming the only one who truly loves us with an unconditional love and whose mercy (and forgiveness) endures forever, maybe we should take an honest look in the mirror and accept that our own behaviors have played a part in the lifting of the hedge. We are not innocent in this. We are accountable for what WE do, not what anyone else is doing.
Yes, things are supposed to get a lot worse before Jesus returns. It is somewhat of a comfort, then, that things are growing darker, but we still have a job to do. It is our responsibility to pray. Pray for what? Pray for everything! Jesus hasn't returned yet for a reason, so we still have a job to do. We can't just punch out because we feel we don't make a difference or because it jut looks to far gone. Honestly, we may not make a big difference in this world, but I guarantee you that it makes a HUGE difference to the Lord. We cannot stop obeying him because the world is losing it's mind. This is when it matters most. Screw your courage to the sticking place and stand strong. It is our job, and it is our duty to pray. Don't quit now. The finish line is coming up fast. We are almost home.