Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Righteousness exalts a nation!

This is the end of day 20 of our 21-Day fast! Did anything earth shattering occur? Nothing that I'm aware of. Did I become infinitely more spiritual? That remains to be seen. So what did I get out of a 21-Day fast you might be asking? If the truth be told, I'm still watching it all unfold. I do know that God is ever faithful, and the opportunity to deny my flesh some of the things that I enjoy so much so that I can seek God in an even deeper way, was an opportunity I couldn't afford to pass up.

I'm glad that this fast coincided with the inauguration of the 44th president of the USA, and that I had the privilege of praying for him (albeit from a distance) as he stood in the shadows waiting to be summoned to his seat. The look on his face can only be described as the look of one who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. From my vantage point it looked as if, standing there in a faceless sea of 2 million people, Obama had probably never felt more alone in his life. He has transcended history and become history! The first black man to ascend the most powerful political office in the world, he needs our prayers, our support, and our encouragement.

While he runs the race alone, he doesn't have to feel alone if he knows that there are many who are praying for him to lead us in the path of righteousness, because the Scriptures boldly declare;

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to every people.

Over the next 100 or so days, policy will be established in Washington, executive orders will be issued, and we will have ample opportunity to determine whether or not we are a righteous nation.


Gapper said...

Pastor Joseph, Maybe it's what DIDN'T occur as a result of your fast! God saves us from many unknowns.