March 2

A great athlete in the past made the statement, “I am the greatest!” At the time he made that statement, he was arguably the greatest boxer on the face of the earth. The attitude of that boxer is the same attitude we see among many different kinds of people today. From businessmen, to athletes, to movie stars, to politicians … to some preachers … we see this attitude. Today I read, He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision (Psalm 2:4).

There is an old statement that goes something like; “Man plans … God laughs.” It could be that this statement was taken from Psalm 2:4. I think the real thrust of the verse is the idea that if we exclude God from our plans, we are in for trouble. If man ignores God, the chaos that follows is their own fault. We are seeing this happen all over the world today. Our world has decided that it is wrong to allow God to be a part of anything we are doing. Our own nation is debating about whether or not the phrase, “In God We Trust” should be removed from our currency.

When I was a young boy, I remember beginning every day at school with the pledge to our flag, followed by a verse or two from Scripture being read, and then a time for private prayer. No one was forced to do any of those things. If a student did not want to pledge the flag, they were not forced to do it. If they did not want to listen to the verse, or pray, they were not forced to do it. However, one woman took her case to the courts of our land, and it was determined that it was unconstitutional to “force” children to endure these things.

As a result, the Bible was no longer allowed to be read aloud (unless it would be to mock the Bible) in our schools. Prayer was not allowed (unless a person did some horrendous act … and then we encourage everyone to pray). Our schools have changed, and so have the results that used to happen in our schools. Illiteracy has increased, along with horrible crimes. Drug use and the abuse of young people has increased. All because we have turned our backs on God. We have basically told God that we can handle the situation without His help.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.” God has not changed, but what we have seen happening in our world is rapidly changing. Please realize that this is true in the life of a believer as well. Don’t push God out of your every day life. He needs to be the focal point of your day.

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