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10/16/13 at 10:55 AM 1 Comments

Never Give In, Obama

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The presence of God is undoubtedly the most awesome source of assurance that all is well. We know we have already won when we know He is with us … in major or minor tasks, we cannot afford to stray as we wish. David and indeed the early prophets, kings and fathers understood this truth … and God honored their faith as they went to war with the ark of the covenant … perhaps a mere piece of furniture to onlookers, but to the Israelites … a potent guarantee that all would be well.

As the US enters a different political skirmish, the third week of the partial shutdown - Obama hopes a debt ceiling will be lifted … and for the escape of more dire consequences. Obstinacy can be a good thing … and it may not.

Jos 1:5  There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

Joshua knew all he had to do was to observe to do according to all the law on which he was to meditate day and night. With this confidence he witnessed victory with the collapsing of the daunting walls of the mightily fortified Jericho … but only to be defeated by a much smaller challenge of entering Ai - defended by a few. Joshua soon learns who is really fighting and recognizes there are no great or small foes … they are all the same before God who determines all outcomes and lays down the rules. Courage is therefore a good thing, and fortitude is admirable … but only in the context of obedience and knowledge of divine endorsement of the cause.

Pro_22:7  The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

The issues of debt can be complex especially when the lenders and borrowers come from different spheres of influence … and servitude can be wonderfully delayed and even sometimes forgiven. The United States emerged a super power to the chagrin of Europe after World War II, mainly because history and fate positioned it as the only economy standing to fund the rearmament of strange allies and the defeat of an evil tyranny. Britain progressively ceased to reign as an empire - instead having to learn the new role of a humbled albeit elegant and civilized debtor … the dollar naturally became the standard. The Biblical truth was proven as the rich yankees indeed ruled by default not because of superior intellect or craft …but inevitably, as the rest of the indebted first world grappled with massive post-war reconstruction and the heavy new costs of winning the peace. It is strange that the reverse is now playing on the world scene. The US and its citizens, fuelled perhaps at least partly by an unbridled consumerism, continue to live above their means in luxuries financed by more prudent lenders accustomed to the frugal disciplined style. Democracy and freedoms in the US are also helped by more and more generousity to an insatiable population.

Should Obama give in …. Never. A humbled America serving new more disciplined economic blocs might be refreshing to some global onlookers … who have patiently waited for this inevitable power shift as an arrogant superpower status finally dissolves to a more even stake and say on global matters. Already, the recent Syrian chemical warfare debacle has been instructive to inform many that the US may have lost some of its teeth and the era of dictating terms to lesser mortals is over. More and more nations are asking the US to keep its aid - coming with thinly disguised strings ...mainly because there is less and less of it available in the first place.

The defiant Joshua lost the battle of Ai not because it was a tough battle, but because Achan secretly did wrong. Whichever way the talks and dealing in Washington go, do not expect to win your personal finance battles by resting on divine presence ... if you will not prune down your spending and consolidating your financial habits to find savings that would have been hidden ... if all you did was respond to TV commercials with credit cards - seeking to please with what you cannot afford.

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