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|The Blessing of God:
What have we done with it?
God loves to bless His people and, in fact, all people. He has made it very clear from the first chapters in the Bible that He not only wants to bless us when we trust Him, but He wants to bless others through us and that He will bless those who bless us.1 This is more than a promise to the nation of Israel. This is a promise to the family of God which consists of those who trust Him with their whole heart and yield their lives to His will.
Betty and I attend Gateway Church and our pastor, Robert Morris, has inspired many people through the LIFE Today telecast and in his own congregation when he shared messages on "The Blessed Life." As Christians, we have been truly blessed of God and the fact is this nation, the United States, has been blessed by God.
The scripture says, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."2 Our nation was firmly established on solid biblical principles necessary to safeguard freedom, productivity, prosperity and security. Every true believer has been blessed by the presence and power of God with a new nature that expresses love, joy, peace, kindness, self-control and, in fact, all demonstrations of compassion.
Jesus said, "Freely we have received, so we are to freely give."3 The river flowing into us must be released to the benefit and blessing of others. This does not mean we cannot enjoy what blessings have brought into our lives in areas of prosperity or possessions or success. I can't emphasize this strong enough. The issue is not what we have or possess, but what has and possesses us. When we are blessed by God and walking in His will, we will heed His word and we will care about others while trusting Him as our source.
In light of our present-day challenges, may I encourage you to consider the very real possibility that many of our nation's leaders and, for some time, much of the population has begun to trust some source other than God. May I also assert that many Christians have failed to share the blessings of God and have become in many ways an island unto themselves. Believers have too often failed to assume the responsibility necessary to understand and protect the principles that give us freedom and the potential for prosperity.
Please consider very carefully a passage of scripture found in Genesis 47:13-27. You will quickly see when famine came in the land, the very people blessed by God turned to Pharaoh and his government. They nationalized the grain harvest and turned it over, along with their money, to Pharaoh like some great tax increase and trusted him to provide food and care for them. This process continued until their money ran out and they were again hungry. Then they went back to Pharaoh and gave him all of their livestock – cattle, sheep, donkeys – so that he would again take care of them, but the famine was not over. So the next year the people admitted to Pharaoh (the government) that they had nothing left but their land and their lives.
"There is nothing left in the sight of my Lord but our bodies and our land, why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land. Buy us and our land for food and we with our land will be the servants of Pharaoh."
So they surrendered their homes, their land, their real estate – everything – to Pharaoh, literally selling themselves into slavery and trusting him and his system to care for their health, sustenance and well being.
Surely everyone with eyes to see and ears to hear can quickly observe and recognize that turning to government rather than God as our provider will ultimately lead to slavery. There is no question many people in political power want citizens to see them as provider and well know they will in fact become our masters.
If you follow this journey where God's people were sold into slavery in Egypt, you will find them ultimately trying to make bricks without straw. Remember, they cried out for a deliverer. God sent Moses and delivered them through the sea, into the wilderness, with the promise of a land filled with abundance. God provided their needs even in the wilderness until the few who refused to continue marching in circles around Mt. Fear did in fact enter the Promised Land and they were blessed beyond their greatest imagination. Sadly, the horrible cycle of trusting man rather than God and walking after our own ways rather than living in His will repeated itself, just as it has tragically throughout history. Man is so misguided and by forsaking His truth we prove to be fools in our own day.
While living in the Promised Land, the people of Israel again forsook God and His blessings leading the prophet Jeremiah to say, "God brought you into the fruitful land, but you made the inheritance an abomination and you became a nation that changed gods for something that was not God and you forsook God...the fountain of living water and built for yourselves cisterns that could hold no water and as a nation became a slave." He said, "You have done it to yourself. You have created these problems by forsaking the Lord your God when He led you in what was the fruitful way of life and the blessed life and you are now walking on the road to Egypt." He then emphatically said, "Your own wickedness, your bad decisions will correct you because you have forsaken the Lord your God."4
My dear Christian friend and all lovers of freedom, please hear my heart. We are walking rapidly on the road to Egypt, the road to ruin. The cycle of bondage has been repeated throughout history because we have continued to forsake God. The only hope we have as a nation is to return to God with our whole heart so we can begin to think straight. God said concerning blessings, "Blessed is the man who sits not in the counsel of the ungodly."5 I am personally convinced that much of our nation's leadership is surrounded by counsels of the ungodly. They may have some exposure to some form of religion and may occasionally honor God with their lips, but their heart is far from Him. Many advisors to our leaders in Washington, D.C., have no regard for the faith of our fathers. They express dislike for committed Christians, while praising and thinking like Karl Marx and Mao Tse-tung.
We are looking to the wrong source and unless we repent, we will find ourselves slaves to the systems of men rather than the servants of the Most High God. Jeremiah proclaimed with great forcefulness, "Cursed is man who trusts in man and makes the flesh his strength. He will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes." But in the next verse he says, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord, he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when heat comes and its leaves will be green and not anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit."6 Those who trust God can make it through any recession or depression while holding fast to the faith and refusing the road to Egypt.
Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, blessed are those who mourn, who are gentle, who hunger and thirst for righteousness, who are merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, who are persecuted for His sake and focus their eyes on Him.7 My friend, this is the promise of God to those who trust Him and walk in His ways. The challenges will come. The trials, the tribulations and the storms of life, yes, even fiery trials, but we will walk through it with the Fourth Man in the furnace and never smell of smoke! We will not bow down to the gods and belief system of a world or its leaders (including religious representatives) who have forsaken the truths of God and His Word.
Now is the time to return to God with our whole heart and prove what our founders understood, the absolute necessity of demonstrating what our motto implies: "In God We Trust." We need to stop simply saying, "God bless America" and begin to pray America will bless God by living to bless others as we share His life and His love.
1 Genesis 12:1-3
Author: James Robison
Editor: Randy Robison
Word Count: 1448
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and His wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.