A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, “OCCUPY till I come.” But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, “We will not have this man to reign over us.”
Smh! End of that story?
Well, let’s just say things got pretty HOT for those fellows who hated that returning King.
Speaking of hot . . . how’s the weather been where you are lately?
Here in Southern New Jersey we’re seeing temperatures in the mid-90’s and up, with humidity about the same. In such a season, the pressures weigh one down with weariness, wariness, and wimpiness. Working through the day becomes a chore. Our physical, mental, and emotional psyche seeks balance and stability to regroup in a sensible air conditioned environment.
That’s where our spirit man comes in—the ultimate stabilizing thermostat in our lives set by the Word of God in any weather condition.
Yes, the heat is turned up this summer on many fronts—not just the thermometer outside. Expected highs in the fervor of our current national governmental crisis only adds more passionate heat and headaches to the weatherman’s predictions for oppressive temperatures.
Our Founding Fathers living through 90 degree weather in July of 1776 knew this oppressive heat well. They stared down the musket barrel of a future for themselves and their children which sought to strip them of the very freedoms they colonized the New World to secure.
That summer, in the crucible of boiling temperatures, they referenced the wisdom and direction of the Lord through their heated debates on the path to crafting an independent nation of self-governed people. Every single founding document notes the place of God’s Providence and the wisdom of His Word (that’d be the Bible) in the birth of our nation—and the expected continuance of same.
Samuel Adams noted, in drafting a framework for both governmental principles and education, the important mandate of “inculcating . . . the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system” within all aspects of our national identity. Read more on this here and here.
Today, once again, it is Jesus Christ polarizing a nation with the eternal imperative: Choose you this day whom you will serve.
Never in our nation’s history has there been such a clear distinction between two governmental ideologies seeking to gain preeminence. For me, as in all things, it comes down to which aligns most with a biblical worldview and the founding vision for this nation.
The men and women who crafted our country’s government were sinners saved by grace. Flaws were pervasive—though a nobler generation we’d be hard pressed to find. In the end, it was the unity of many with higher goals than their own, and checks and balances at work, which made the United States the dynamic powerhouse and light in the free world that it became under our national motto: In God We Trust.
In the heat of this turbulent summer, we would be wise to embrace our national motto, once again. Here are three ways to beat the heat:
Don’t Wimp Out—Take courage and trust God. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:13
Don’t Be Weary—Stay the course for the reward of God’s goodness in due season. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Wear Wariness with Wisdom—Walk circumspectly in these perilous times. “Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,” Deuteronomy 11:16
As for me, I’m getting on with God’s work allotted to my portion in these days. To learn more about all the good things and beauty I’m being busy about–OCCUPYing the landscapes of my life to influence as Salt and Light–check it out here.
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How are you beating the heat is this season of occupation?
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