Today on Ash Wednesday, and in light of all you see on the news lately, I thought I’d post this piece from Joe.
To say that the Middle East has been in turmoil over the last few weeks is an understatement. You really can’t just say the Middle East, because Northern Africa is also included in the turmoil. In the majority of these countries, a dictator has ruled mercilessly for many years, and now there seems to be a reckoning.
This is a time to be thankful that we don’t live under the same kind of regime in the United States. But, it is an even better time to be thankful we don’t serve a God who rules in the same manner. Some of the aforementioned dictators are trying to “win” their people back by giving them handouts and money, hoping to appease them and calm the tensions. These are actions of an entity who does not want freedom, but only the mirage of freedom. Our God does not treat us in such a way.
God wants the very best for each and every one of his children. Even when we rebel and seek another ruler, God is ready for us to return of our own free will. God does not want us to follow him to make God more powerful or wealthier. God wants us to have a fuller and abundant life for eternity at his side. That is why we follow God, and that is why we worship the one true God: the ruler of the universe, whose reign will never end.
This Lent, I pray we find ourselves growing closer to God and, as we go about our days, remember His ultimate sacrifice and His infinite love.