Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Riding a Roller Coaster With Man

I read an article on this morning that was entitled:  "Dems get more bad news in Gallup poll".  It goes on to talk about how the Democrats are trailing the Republicans in key areas of a recent poll.  Then it later says "...Americans think Republicans in Congress will do a better job than Democrats in handling seven out of nine key issues"1.  Errrrrrrrrr!  Now wait a minute!  If I can recall back during the elections of 2009, Americans thought that Democrats were better suited in Congress to handle key issues.  After all that is the reason why the Democrats now control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

What I have come to learn is that people can be fickle.  One minute they are with you and the next minute they are against you (depending on what day of the week it is). I understand that the economy has been going through a slump but guess what?  This is not the first time in American history, nor will it be the last.  Guess what again?  This is not the first time that the American public has thought one political party was better at doing things than the other.  What we get is this roller coaster ride of going up and down and back and forth with no real satisfaction for any one.  The moment we see someone not doing what we think they should be doing, we replace them with someone else who is just as incapable of making us happy.

The issue lies within us.  You "[d]o not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save" (Psalm 146:3).  No one man can really save you or fix your problems no matter how many promises they shell out.  After all, "[w]hen their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing" (Psalm 146:4).  At that point where do you turn?  Do you rely on yourself to fix it?  Well that goes back to my original point.  You are but a man, so you have your limitations.  Granted, the Lord can work through those individuals who allow Him, but in this day in time, where can you find a politician who is not out for political gain for himself rather than to see the goodness of God work through him or her?

So, when you have no where else to turn, guess who is looking you in the face waiting for you to reach out to Him?  Jesus Christ.  You might be saying "Yeah, yeah, yeah Antoine that sounds like a great story and I knew you'd pull the God card on me, but of course you'd say that because you believe in a God".  Yes, partially true.  I believe in THE one true God, not just A God.  I'll put it this way.  Until you try and/or taste the goodness of God for yourself, you can never refute my point with hard evidence (see Psalm 34:8). 

I was reading one user's comment on another article on CNN one day and by his message I got the impression that he did not believe in God.  What he said did made me laugh and at the same time it made me smile for another reason.  Basically, he said that with the decline of America's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) over the past years even with both parties controlling the Congress at some point in time, there seemed like no hope - giving God a chance might not be a bad idea because he couldn't do any worst.  I laughed at those comments and even had to share them with my wife because it was too funny.  At the same time I smiled with joy because I saw an opportunity.  I saw someone who seemed to have a willing heart to try the goodness of the Lord and that, my friends, is all He need - for you to give Him a chance.

In the end I would like to ask you, would you rather let your emotions volley back and forth with man or would you rather ride securely on a straight path with the one who can really save you?

1.  Mooney, Alexander & Steinhauser, Paul. "Dems get more bad news in Gallup poll".   September 1, 2010.


Antoine E. Hall


"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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