January 30, 2016

Micah 4:5 All the nations may walk
in the name of their gods;
we will walk in the name of the Lord
our God for ever and ever.

Two things struck me in relation to this verse just now. The first is that for many people today, the “god” in whose name they walk is science, or pleasure, or wealth, or any of a number of things that they themselves don’t think of as deities. Whatever religious trappings they wear for the sake of propriety, they are practical atheists. That is, their lives, their decisions, their “walk,” is determined by things in the material world, rather than anything beyond it. How pathetic! Catherine Marshall once wrote a book my mother greatly appreciated called Beyond Ourselves. The point was that to to know and fellowship with God we have to recognize our own limitations, and aspire to go beyond them. The second thing that struck me in reading this verse just now is that America, which was founded in the name of “Nature’s God,” firmly understood to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, revealed through His Son, Jesus, has actively been turning away from that in recent years. With a distorted interpretation of the First Amendment to the Constitution, any and every expression of faith in the public square has been attacked, putting the nation in grave danger. We have had seven years, so far, of an administration that seems more comfortable with Allah than Jesus, and a major candidate for the presidency clearly worships his own wealth and power rather than the Creator, of whom he seems pitifully ignorant. These are perilous times indeed for America. Those who actually know God, rather than just mouth His name, need to stand up and proclaim this verse, and live accordingly.

It is in turns angering and heartbreaking to see what is going on in America today, but I’ve got to remember that God is in no way ignorant of what is going on, nor is His “arm shortened,” to use an Old Testament expression. I’ve got to be active in prayer, but at the same time leave the whole situation in His hands. Not living in the US myself at this point, my active participation is limited to absentee voting, but prayer is even more important. I need to realize that the broad “evangelical” support for someone who doesn’t really claim to follow God, and who openly disclaimed repentance, is a clear indication that many, perhaps the majority, of Christians don’t really grasp what it is to “walk in the Name of God.” Until there is widespread repentance and revival, no amount of political change is going to make any real difference. The next few months are crucial, and I am not to shrink from the task. I need to be willing to put in the hours in prayer, understanding that I can participate in God’s kingdom coming through His will being done, so that His Name may be acknowledged as holy.

Father, thank You for this clear exposition both of the situation and of what I need to do in relation to it. I pray that many would read what You have had me write and would take up the challenge, so that as the Body of Christ wakes up, the lies of the devil would indeed be exposed and defeated, for the salvation of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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One Response to January 30, 2016

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    Very challenging words, and so very true. I’ve never been so disheartened by the front runners in all my voting years. God is sovereign but my prayers are part of His plan. Thank you for the reminder. And for praying for us here at home.

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