Thought for the Day – 29 January 2019

We must become aware that, too often, we focus on the very real problems that beset our nation and overlook the good, decent things that are done. There are a vast number of hard working people in this country with traditional values. They are very much involved in their children’s lives and are doing what they can to teach them right from wrong, the value of education, hard work and thrift. With all of the obvious problems, there are some good things going on.

As we survey the world scene, and what goes on around the globe, there is much to be thankful for in the good old United States. As a people, we have a strong work ethic, and our productivity is the highest in the world.

When disaster strikes at home or in some far away foreign land, the resources of the United States are quickly made available to provide aid and alleviate suffering. With all our problems, people from around the globe still long to come to our shores to pursue their dreams.

But, are the things I’ve described enough to prevent great trials from coming upon this nation? Sadly, no. We have great blessings in our nation, and many people who try to live a good life with the knowledge they have. Yet, much of the nation is adrift, morally and spiritually.

It brings to mind the time of the book of Judges when “every man did what was right in his own eyes”.

Judges 21:25; “25In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” 

This resulted in a period of horrendous problems ending in national disgrace. As a nation, we are heading in the same direction, if as a people we do not change our course and seek to do the will of our Creator.

You can read about it in Deuteronomy 28.

Anciently, Solomon wrote:

Proverbs 14:12; “12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” 

That was true then, and it’s true today.

As our people go about their lives, doing what they think is right and good, they practice a mixture of good and evil, which is not acceptable to God. In John, Jesus Christ said:

John 4:24; “24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” 

While there is much that is right with America; our national sins do abound, and as Solomon wrote long ago:

Proverbs 14:34; “34Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

So, while we can enjoy the good and decent things in our beloved country, we must realize that our own righteousness will not save us. As a nation, we must repent and seek the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 6:33; “33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”   

….or the curses outlined in Deuteronomy 28 will come to pass. This is why we must press forward with the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God and the Ezekiel warning:

Ezekiel 5:13; “13Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.” 

….so that as many people as God will call will have the opportunity to wake up and be spared the problems that lie ahead for America and the rest of the world.

Keep the Faith!

2 Corinthians 5:7; “7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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