I shouldn't be shocked by the things going on in this nation (or others) where the Lord is ignored. The nation that puts it's trust in anything but God will come to ruin. Frankly, if we trust in anything other than God, we face certain disaster. Only HE is trustworthy!
My study this week made me think of Emperor Qinshihuang's tomb. He trusted in a huge terracotta army to protect him in death. There is a huge excavation still in progress and it's said that there are a good 5,000 individual warriors...with horses...and weapons...."guarding" his tomb. Very interesting, yet so sad! You can read more specifics HERE.
And then of course, it hit me. I put my trust in my own achievements. I struggled for years as a SAHM that wanted to be counted by my past achievements of teaching third grade, instead of the blessing of simply being a mother to my two Sweet Boobahs. I often get snippy and resentful with my husband if I feel he is not appreciating all I do each day.
I put my time into practicing music for church...but for my desire to not be "embarrassed by the performance"... or because I truly desire the song to minister to the hearts of my brothers and sisters? I work on my Sunday School lesson...crafts, songs, stories...out of a sense of duty and the recognition I'll receive...or because I love those kids I pray for...and their parents?
But, my trust in those achievements is no better than a huge clay army. My trust isn't in the right place when I'm attempting to do it all in my own strength.
"But I will sing of Your strength; I will sing aloud of Your steadfast love in the morning. For You have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress." Psalm 59:16
There is a day of judgment approaching. The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war. Is. 13:4 Are you ready?? Do you truly belong to Him?
If so....In what do you place your trust? Where do you put your time and efforts??