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In Australia, we have amazing, authentic Asian food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate mouthfuls of Old Testament.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 6 and said,
“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it for ever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgement,or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ 10 And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— 11 behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will you not execute judgement on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
2 Chronicles 20:5-11
Recently I was reading this passage in my personal Bible reading session.
Jehoshaphat was a minor king in the period after King Solomon in 1 Kings.
It is rare that a prayer from a minor king is quoted in the Old Testament.
Yet the author of 2 Chronicles thought it was important to include.
Notice the language and the childlike tone of this prayer.
This king was the supreme leader of a nation, yet he humbled himself before God.
He admitted that he and his nation needed desperate help and salvation.
Australia has just elected a new Prime Minister who happens to be a devout Catholic.
Just before the election, a Non-Christian journalist asked him about his faith.
She asked how God played a part in the ups and downs of his life.
He avoided the question and just replied that he would like to attend Mass more often.
He continued inferring his private religion did not have any bearing on his public politics.
This was a surprising admission from a man who previously trained for the priesthood.
Unfortunately the leader of our nation does not involve God in his government.
He has had a colourful history with less than godly behaviour at times.
Disappointingly, his faith does not extend Christian compassion to the plight of refugees.
We hope that governments are wise and we have even higher expectations of Christian leaders.
This election neither major party got my vote because both Christian leaders failed to impress me.
Sadly I’ve met many Catholics similar to the Prime Minister.
They worship God on Sundays and then put Him in a box for the rest of the week.
God has no bearing on their jobs or the rest of their daily lives.
Their faith is invisible and no one would know how important God is to them.
Their friends and colleagues have no idea about their hidden faith.
God calls us to be Christians 24/7 and visible to everyone around us.
Do your friends and colleagues know that you are a Christian?
Are you humble enough to seek help and salvation from Jesus?
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