Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.  Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not.  Behold God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He will save you.”

Is 35:3-4

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Today we are more apt to trust government and less apt to trust God.  No wonder we are in a tizzy, insecure and so irrational.

Irrational?  Yes, we create uncontrollable debt and expand and expand a central government that consistently fails to deliver what it should and what it often unwisely promises.

Corruption, theft, arrogance, redundancy notwithstanding, we trust not in God and ourselves but in distant, bloated institutions that more often get in the way and impede progress, diminish our liberty and freedom while attacking faith and family and our historic legacy as a federalist, democratic republic of autonomous states where the sovereign citizens actually reside.

We have lost our way and it shows most clearly in the folly that has become the central government.

Contrast this with the Prophet Isaiah’s words.  He placed the emphasis on the human person, the faithful believer to whom fell the responsibility to encourage and strengthen those he encountered, his neighbors, his family members, his kin, strangers he met, those in need, the anxious and fearful.

If we each are the sovereign in this great land, and if we are God’s chosen ones, are we not responsible to lead, to care, to heal, to support, to befriend, to guide, to help others?

If so, why do we depend on far away institutions and people we do not know and with whom we share no personal relationship?  More to the point, why do we not trust first the God who made us?

God versus government.  Us versus institution.

Do we witness to others?  Share ourselves?  Our faith?  Our time?

Do we lift another’s spirits?  Do you encourage others?

We all need encouragement from time to time, and that is a ministry you can do. It is a personal witness you can offer.  Do so.

God versus government.  Which side are you on?

Shalom.

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