Greencastle Church of God

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Floyd Myers

Stop, Look, Listen

There is no question that society is experiencing multiple and serious problems; social, political, religious, and personal.  I believe that most are concerned about the problems we have and are facing.  It behooves us to stop, take a look where we are, and listen to the facts of the situation, in order that we can chart a course for our lives that will benefit all for good.  This obviously must start with the individual and then spread through the family and beyond.

For example, I was reading about a “super salesman” who had done exceptionally well in his business.  When asked what his secret was, he simply said, “Listen until you hear what the need is, and then simply meet the need.”  A recent poll showed startling facts.  Seventy five percent of men told pollsters their marriage was alright.  Twenty five percent of the wives of those same men said their marriages were alright.  That left fifty percent of the men with problems in their marriages, and they didn’t even realize it.  Why?  They had not listened to their wives.  They had not studied their marriage partners.  They had not educated themselves in the uniqueness of their wives, their needs, their inner longing, their satisfaction thresholds. 

What is the answer to a world in turmoil?  The answer:  stop, look, listen to what is going on in our world and then look to the Word of God for the answer.  Psalm 2:1-3 gives the answer:  “Why do the nations conspire and the people plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One (Jesus Christ).  Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”

The turmoil of the nations is caused by rebellion against God.  Isaiah 57:19-21:  “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”  “Why do the nations rage?”  (Psalm 2:1)  Their rage means that there is an emotional reaction but no plan to cast off God’s reign.  God is in control.  Their rebellion against God is futile.  Their chains and fetters in verse 3 are the laws of God. 

William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, stated, “If we are not governed by God, we will be ruled by tyrants.”

John Quincy Adams said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this:  it is connected in one dissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principle of Christianity.” 

John Madison wrote:  “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it.  We have staked the future…upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according the Ten Commandments of God. 

The history of our nation is a holy history, but it is not perfect.  The fingerprints of God can be seen in the formation of our great nation, the USA.

God speaks to nations and calls them to seek Him and worship Him as Lord, and to turn from idols and self-reliance.  Then He will bless them.  “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  (Psalm 33:12)

I submit to all of us:  Stop- seek God in prayer; Look- to the Word of God for direction, strength and sustenance for our lives; Listen-to what God’s Word says to us.  The Lord said, “If any man have an ear, let him hear.”  (Rev. 13:9)

 


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