Ever had that road trip that feels like it just won’t end? You’ve been in the car for hours, you’ve driven through the middle of nowhere, except for the one gas station that looked more like a creepy service station in a horror movie more than it did a place to actually get what you needed. And as you are driving, from somewhere behind you, there comes that echo… “Are we there, yet?”
Life has been that way for so many of us. We’ve been in this car for way too long, and most of us are asking that same question. We have been in an economic nightmare for too long. We have been stressed out for too long. We have had no answers for too long. We have been following our leaders blindly without question, hoping and praying they had our answers in their campaign slogans.
It’s almost like we are with Moses, wandering through the desert. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, you can find it in the book of Exodus. Moses led the people of Israel through the desert for 40 years. Imagine that car trip! What makes the story so amazing is that God performed some pretty incredible miracles on this trip. Even so, the people continued to doubt both Moses and God. It was easier to focus on the problems and not put their eyes on the answer.
Is that where we are today? The problems will always be in the forefront because of our media. But, is that our focus? Have we become so tuned in to watching the rise and fall of the stock market that we can’t see the rise and fall of our faith? We are a country founded on the very principles of God. We are a blessed country, who is currently wandering in the desert. Are we being led by Moses? Obviously not. But like the people of Israel at the time, all we see are our problems, and we have forgotten who we are and, worse, who God is.
I believe our country’s status rises and falls with the economy. That’s sad. But, God is awakening the church. The church will be the light that shines during this time. We will be that example that makes others wonder what we have. It is the church’s role to do all the things that our government is currently trying to do with the entitlement programs. As the church awakens, you will see this role increase amongst the church. It is during that time that we will become what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 5:14-16:
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Until that awakening, we will wander. We will stay in the desert. Take the initiative with those around you. Apply Godly principles to your life, and yes, to your finances. This will change our country. Our leaders will change, but our God is always our God. Are we there, yet? No, but we are getting close.