It amazes me that in our humanity some think that God actually abides by our laws. We believe that God was dismissed from our schools and social events just because we say that He is not welcome. Some believe that just because we have a judicial negative stance on religion or Jesus that God in His might politely submits to the created as the wimpy Creator.
After the events of last week, I to stand and mourn with our nation. A nation that has excused God from almost every outlet looks to Him now. Of course we do, because even in our self-sufficiency when the despicable happens we are desperate for Him. We are desperate for the God of our origin. You cannot usher Him out of the very soul He created. You cannot set enough barriers to contend with His intelligence. If you think you can, it’s laughable.
The laws that outlaw God and religious things from courthouses and churches just represent the desperate need for Him in our culture. When He says He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:5) it is not circumstantial! He knows that we are but flesh (Psalm 78:39) and that we will forsake Him, but His presence is in no way contingent on our actions. He loves us unconditionally.
Here is a powerful depiction of Gods absolute power in Job 38.
God Speaks Now to Job
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you [a]have understanding,
Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
“On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
“Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
And I [b]placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?
God’s Mighty Power
“Have you [c]ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
“It is changed like clay under the seal;
And they stand forth like a garment.
“From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the uplifted arm is broken.
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea
Or walked [d]in the recesses of the deep?
“Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
“Have you understood the [e]expanse of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
That you may take it to its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its [f]home?
“You know, for you were born then,
And the number of your days is great!
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
For the day of war and battle?
“Where is the way that the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?
“Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
To bring rain on a land without [g]people,
On a desert without a man in it,
To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the [h]seeds of grass to sprout?
“Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
“From whose womb has come the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
“Water [i]becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?
“Can you lead forth a [j]constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her [k]satellites?
“Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
Or fix their rule over the earth?
“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an abundance of water will cover you?
“Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, ‘Here we are’?
“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given understanding to the [l]mind?
“Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or tip the water jars of the heavens,
When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together?
“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
When they crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
“Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?
I drove my 1st grader to school today and prayed with her harder than normal days kissed her more times than usual and left her in the hands of the God that loves her more than I do. Of course as she walked into school, I couldn’t help but tear up knowing the wonderful families that wouldn’t get that chance today.
We, as the church must be called to action, not passively sit by and watch the decline of God being socially accepted. We must engage in our culture as citizens that care enough about our peers that no amount of rejection from them will stop our mission to show them Christ. What these families need right now is our great Comforter.
Church will you rise up or hide your face?