Although we are supposed to be “one nation under God”, we have rebelled against that. And now, we are reaping the fruit of our rebellion.
So, in this middle of this pandemic, I’m going back to the Bible and looking at God’s ways. I’m looking at what he’s said about being a subject in a nation where those above us make decisions for us. I’m making a choice to honor. I’m making a choice to love. What or who we choose to love we will be trusted with more authority over! Even in our prayers because we will pray from a right spirit rooted and grounded in love.
We have a nation that is founded on independence. While that may seem like liberty at first, rejoicing in independence does NOT mean independence apart from God’s rule or his decrees about how we are to live in a land under government. Independence also leaves us isolated in many ways. Independence says “I don’t need you”.
As I was praying this morning I saw a nation under communist rule with an oppressive leader. The people had no say in what would happen in that nation. In my vision, I saw them all bowed low on their faces in worship of God. It’s all they could do, but they were used to submission so they had little pride and could come together because they were united. The people of this nation had to trust God. As they worshipped I saw a white cloud descend and hover over them. Their cries were ascending into that cloud of God’s presence and he was hearing them. He came close.
How willing are we to lay down our rights? Maybe it will be us all wearing a mask, that will be the symbol of humility in this nation. I’ve not liked the mask “suggestion”, I confess. I’ve not felt afraid of the virus and not worried, so I’ve not felt the NEED to wear a mask, yet I know that love for others is important. I see their fear and feel compassion for them. I still want to reach out in love and connect. Let’s not let our ideals of freedom get in the way of love.
I’ve been looking at Biblical examples of submission and honor. When I think of the Israelites under Moses, They were tribes under a head. The law was the same for everyone. Yes, that was Godly government and Moses was a God led leader. Does that excuse us? Does it excuse us when don’t agree? When Jesus was asked if he paid taxes, he said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”. The LORD of the UNIVERSE submitted to the Government HE had authority over. Whoa!
Nehemiah was a cupbearer for the king. Every day he submitted to the king and honored him. The king was not a godly man, or even a believer. It wasn’t his job to judge, just to serve him. That honor opened the door for favor. What Nehemiah cared about, the king cared about and gave all Nehemiah asked for to help rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. It was crazy!
When countless numbers of an army came against Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20, their leader called the tribes together and they listened for the LORD’s voice… The Lord told them HE would fight the battle for them if they put worship at the head of their army (marching). What happened? Confusion came into the camp of the enemy when they worshipped. Those on the opposing side turned on EACH OTHER. The Lord fought the battle.
Independent strength or making sure your voice is heard before men will NOT cause us to win this war we are in. Unified submission, honoring one another and worship will. Submission is NOT weakness as God sees weakness. God said, “when you are weak I am STRONG”.
Our government is founded on “everybody gets a say”, but that’s actually not been God’s form of government throughout scripture. It was GOD gets to say. God can set our hearts in the right direction. Yet even Israel, God’s ”children” wanted a king, they wanted to look like everyone else. They looked at people and away from God. They got what they asked for!
It’s time to humble ourselves as a nation and pray, to seek God with our whole heart, to renounce our independent stubborn pride and admit we need each other. It’s time to unify not in protest but in worship to make sure we are heard for all of our wounds, but in unity with God in the center. Holy Spirit is the spirit that brings true unity and and the bond of peace. Oneness happens when we all submit to that ONE spirit of TRUTH. Bowing low.
Lord, I ask for your help in our land. I ask forgiveness for myself and for our people, for every rebellious way and every stubborn mindset that has masqueraded as courage or truth or freedom. Freedom comes in unity and in your presence, where the Spirit of the Lord is, so I ask for your leadership in our our hearts and thus it will come in our land.
I choose to honor those in authority over me and I ask your forgiveness for when I have not. Joseph served Pharoah and saved his nation. Daniel served the King of Babylon and you blessed that land through them even though the Israelites were in captivity. Lord, we are so blessed here. Help us to truly LOVE our nation again. Help us to honor our leaders. End the division at the head of our nation’s leadership.
Uncover the lies. Blend our hearts as one under your headship. Open the way for unity. We ask for humble leadership in this land, so ALL can hear YOUR voice. Make us again truly “One nation under God”. I know that is the way to end this oppression we are under. That is when we will be impervious to the virus. One nation UNDER God.. under the cloud of your presence!
O Lord we bow to you! We give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to You what is YOURS: our hearts, our minds, our logic, our reason and our attention. If we all must wear masks, then we will, but our hearts are yours Father God. Our hearts will be yours again Jesus. I choose unity in the Holy Spirit for this nation. Rebellion makes way for the spirit of anarchy, so keep our hearts set on love and honor. Jesus YOU are the way to perfect peace and we want that. Lord, we love you and need you. COME! Make your home in our midst. Amen.