Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Everlasting - January 25, 2011

Isaiah 40:12-14;28-31 (New International Version, ©2010)
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD,
or instruct the LORD as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
or showed him the path of understanding?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Tonight marks the night when the President of our country speaks to both houses of Congress and the nation. He delivers to all what all the Presidents before him have, which is the State of our Union. George Washington gave the first State of the Union address on January 8, 1790, fourteen years after the founding of our nation, and this has gone on every year for the 220 years since.

By the grace of God, the Presidents in future years will continue to do the same, but as compared to time eternal, our nation has only been around for a brief time. It really makes us seem small and petty, as all nations and countries have been before us. Man tries in his ways to govern himself (or enslave others), but try as we might, each experiment at our own governance, whether it be the first Kings of Israel or the one we currently call the United States of America, will someday pass from existence.

There is only one real hope for mankind. It is not our governments or institutions, it is the grace and mercy of our holy God. He alone is everlasting, while all things of man will ultimately fail. Because of this truth, we need to fully place all of our hopes in our Almighty and Everlasting God.

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