Slaves In the Land of Plenty

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I have seen many changes in our world during my lifetime.
Technology in every arena has advanced in unbelievable ways.

What once would have been considered science fiction is now commonplace.
Medical discoveries have enabled people to live longer. Life expectancy for men and women has almost doubled since 1900.
Travel that could take days, weeks, even months can now be accomplished in a matter of hours. We can do more, live longer, travel faster and farther.

But in spite of all the advances and progress we have made it has done little  to improve the problems we face in our time. The parade of war and rumors of war, terrorism, hunger, poverty, disease, sickness, injustice, pass before us in an endless stream. In the United States we are blessed in so many ways but our problems are many

A new morality where there are no absolutes

Disregard for human life

Babies aborted and sold for body parts

A sex obsessed culture fueled by the media and pornography

Divorce, sexual immorality, and broken families

Human trafficking of adults and children for the purposes of prostitution

Increased racial tension and unrest

One in ten Americans unemployed or underemployed

As many as 50% of Americans living on some type of government assistance

15% or 45,000,000 Americans living in poverty (which includes 1 in every 5 children)

Heroin and methamphetamine and other drug addiction skyrocketing

Violent crime increasing in major U.S. cities

As I thought about the problems we face I was reminded of a verse I recently read in the book of Nehemiah- “So now today we are slaves in the land of plenty that You gave our ancestors for their enjoyment! We are slaves here in this good land”. Nehemiah 9:36

Slaves in this good land…

Our present situation is similar to where the people of Israel found themselves so long ago.

God provided amazing blessings for them.

Just as He has for us

Despite such generous provision, they soon forgot about God and began to worship the gods of power, success, wealth, sex and desire,

Just as we have.

Their desires became their masters.

Just as they have for us

They became slaves in the land of plenty

Just as we have.

Jesus warned us about being caught up in the things of this life, and ignoring the important things,
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” Luke 12:34

When we acknowledge God, worship Him as he deserves, He blesses our lives

When we turn away from God, the blessings He has provided become a curse

Politicians, social programs, human wisdom, religion will not solve our problems. Only one thing will set things right

“You may think that the situation is hopeless, but God gives us more grace when we turn away from our own interests. James 4:6 “The Voice”

Nehemiah prays for the people of Israel and reminds God of His promise;

“I ask that You remember Your words to Your servant Moses, even when we did not. You told him, “If you are unfaithful to Me and choose another, then I will send you away and you will live separate from Me—you will live as aliens in strange lands; but if you have a change of heart and return to Me and walk according to My commands, then no matter how far you have gone, even to the places beyond the horizon, I will gather you and bring you to the place of My choosing, where My very name dwells.” Nehemiah 1:8-9
God is not against us. He is in the business of redeeming and restoring. I wrote last week about the story of Naomi in the book of Ruth. How despite her mistakes she did the best thing she could do, she returned home, turned back to her God. And despite her mistakes, God blessed her and restored all she had lost.

The only hope for us and our nation is to do as Naomi did. Return to God, confess and turn away from our sin.

And it is not only the best thing we can do,

It is our only hope…

 

http://usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/07/07/heroin-use-skyrockets-in-us-cdc-says

http://www.forbes.com/sites/abbymccloskey/2015/02/18/more-than-one-in-ten-workers-unemployed-or-underemployed/

http://www.infowars.com/violent-crime-is-surging-in-major-u-s-cities-and-the-economy-is-not-even-crashing-yet/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/16/poverty-household-income_n_5828974.html

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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3 Responses to Slaves In the Land of Plenty

  1. Pingback: My Article Read (9-3-2015) | My Daily Musing

  2. Reblogged this on Armor Of God Foundation and commented:
    A new morality where there are no absolutes

    Disregard for human life

    Babies aborted and sold for body parts

    A sex obsessed culture fueled by the media and pornography

    Divorce, sexual immorality, and broken families

    Human trafficking of adults and children for the purposes of prostitution

    Increased racial tension and unrest

    One in ten Americans unemployed or underemployed

    As many as 50% of Americans living on some type of government assistance

    15% or 45,000,000 Americans living in poverty (which includes 1 in every 5 children)

    Heroin and methamphetamine and other drug addiction skyrocketing

    Violent crime increasing in major U.S. cities

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