New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Our children our dependent on us as parents. From day one, we provide food, shelter, love and education, nurturing, discipline and support for them. This doesn’t end at high school graduation, it will continue for the rest of their lives, but their dependency does grow less and less with each year that goes by. As the kids grow older, especially after college age, they go out on their own and do the best that they can to make it, for the most part, the parents role becomes more supportive, whether that means spiritually or financially, we as parents will continue to do as much as we can, but yet let them have enough freedom to make their own choices.
God does the same for all of us, except it doesn’t matter how old we get, we remain totally dependent on Him. Yes, one can argue that there are millions of people in this world that make it on their own, that they are self-made men or women, without God. Of course, by this definition people are saying that they have money, material possessions, successful career or inheritance. But, what happens when all of this gets lost? Thousands of people lost everything during the depressions era of the 1930’s, and thousands have lost everything during the recessions in the 21st century. Some have recovered, and some have not. Some are surviving, some have perished.
What I see happening in this country now is a total dependency on government, not on a loving Father in heaven. Our current president, his administration and our congress have fueled the fire in the class warfare. They are, by their actions, eliminating the middle class and causing the poorer classes to hate the richer class. I have never seen so much hatred toward rich people as we have in the past 3 years. Our government has created a class (poor) of people dependent on the government and taken away their hope in a loving God that will provide all their needs. As the middle class is eliminated, the people in that class will go one of two ways, become poor or become rich. The rich will be robbed of their riches and the poor will continue to demand more.
The poor’s addiction to dependency forces them to go backwards in maturity. They go from being mature adults that work hard to provide for their families to adults with habits of toddlers. Toddlers can feed themselves, but only if someone gives them the food. Toddlers can sleep at night, if the bed is provided for them. Toddlers can’t go out into the world and work to earn their keep; they remain dependent on someone to provide everything for them. If you have children, you know what it is like to try to satisfy toddlers, just one is never enough.
This is exactly what our government wants. Once the middle class is gone, then the rich are stripped of their riches, the government has everyone under their control and dependency. Of course, not everyone will accept this voluntarily, but a lot will. How will the government achieve this? Over the past 60 years or so, we have slowly taken God out of schools, out of government, out of our entertainment, even out of our churches. Once the government achieves taking God out of the lives of people, then they have no hope to turn to.
This is the same formula that has been used in all socialist and communist nations worldwide. Once you eliminate the middle class and the rich class, then eliminate the free choice of worshiping God, people have to bow down to government or face the penalties of tyrants. We are at a pivotal point in America right now. We can restore America, and become dependent on God for all of our needs again or we can go down the path of socialism, which has never worked.
In order to restore our dependency on God as a nation though, it starts with us as individuals. We must all become dependent, and then thankful to God for all He has provided for us, then we can as a nation return to being a truly blessed nation fully dependent on God.
God, help us all to become dependent on you as individuals and as a nation again. We know and understand that all blessings come from you, and without you, we don’t stand a chance. I pray that we put aside all of our wants and needs and focus on your will only. In Jesus name, amen.