Devotion for the Week of March 18, 2013 - AMERICA TURNS TO GOVERNMENT INSTEAD OF GOD


Psalm 104:13-14, “He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. [14] He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth:”  

Much has been written concerning the major causes of the Great Depression.  Some blame tariffs, some point to over production of goods, and still others point to speculation in the stock market and easy credit.  However, I believe that the ultimate cause of the Great Depression is found in America’s turning from God in the 1920s.

The Bible clearly teaches that when an individual or a nation turns from God, then God removes His hand of blessing.  For hundreds of years America had enjoyed the mercy of God.  We had great economic, educational, physical, and Spiritual blessings.  God had delivered us from wars, recessions, and many natural disasters.

In 1929, America experienced the total melt down of its economy.  When this type of trouble had occurred in the past, many Americans turned to family, neighbors, and especially God and the Church.  This time instead of turning to these, we as a nation turned to Government for deliverance. 

Franklin Roosevelt promised that the government would provide a “New Deal” to bring our country back to prosperity.  Roosevelt used deficit spending to put people back to work, and rebuild our economy.  Ever since, whenever there has been any type of disaster, the majority of Americans have demanded that the government needs to do something to solve the problem.  We have exchanged the God of Heaven for the god of Government.

Another example of God withdrawing His hand of blessing on America during the Great Depression was the Dust Bowl.  During the mid 1930s America experienced one of its greatest droughts.  All told, during the 1930s, about 150,000 square miles of farmland in the heart of the country were stripped of its top soil, which was deposited hundreds of miles away. (Family Encyclopedia of American History)

Psalm 104 tells of God’s control over nature. In verses 13 and 14, we read “He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works. He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man, that he may bring forth food from the earth.”  These verses show God’s Providential control of nature.  When America turned to government for their deliverance, God turned his hand of blessing away from America.

Today there is much discussion concerning the role of Government in our lives.  Many feel that Government can solve every problem we have.  The truth is that the only real solution to our nations' problems is to return to the God of our fathers, and perhaps He will return His hand of blessing.

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