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April 20, 2016, 2:00 PM

April 20, 2016

“For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds success in store for the upright; He is a shield for those whose walk is blameless.”  Proverbs 2:6-7

How many wise people do you know?  The list seems to get shorter as the days pass by.  We know that with wisdom comes common sense.  One of the real signs that a nation is in trouble is the breakdown of leadership.  The breakdown in leadership has become very evident in our nation.  Leadership breaks down when there is a rejection of the ways of God to be replaced by the senseless mind of those without Christ.  As God begins to remove His hand, leaders arise without knowledge and wisdom and begin to make decisions that are foreign to His will.

                Personally, I believe we’ve been there for a while.  Many decisions being made today by our leaders (national to local) are at best questionable and at worst downright insane.  Are we surprised?  Why should we be?  We have such a vivid illustration in the Bible.  The Bible is that “old book” with good stories that are totally irrelevant for today.  Right?  Anyway, the Bible shares the story of King Saul.  Israel, against God’s desire, longed for a king like all the other nations.  God allowed them to have a king just as they desired but it didn’t work out as they planned.  As time continued, Saul began to reject the ways of God in favor of his own ways and decisions.  In many ways, the latter decisions by King Saul would be considered insane.  Why?  He was living and making decisions based on his ideas and knowledge rather than God’s.

                We are seeing the scenario play out all over again within our nation and around the world.  It appears that God, as He did with Israel, has allowed us to have the things we have so desired.  Are the decisions being made today the same decisions that made America the great nation it has been?  It is not very hard to answer that question!  We must pray that God would once again provide leaders of wisdom and character.  The wisdom and character that we need in our leaders comes exclusively from Almighty God.  Without God’s help and intervention, we will continue down the same bleak path of destruction.  Let us be diligent to pray for our nation, for our current leaders and for God to give us a new set of leaders that love Him, trust Him and follow Him in every situation.  May God’s blessings be yours in abundance this week as we earnestly seek His guidance.

We love you,
Brad and Virginia

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