Is the Government shutdown a problem?

shut down, government, support, rely, seek, help, donate, chets creek church I’m sure this can be argued either way! What I keep hearing on a daily basis is how people are counting on the Government and are now in deep trouble!  This trouble is due to them not getting free childcare, food, disability support, death benefits, and the list keeps going on.  I genuinely feel for these people; however, there is only one source that anyone can count on.  It is our God!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

I have seen parents try to “protect” their children.  Not just because they are young and need safety but also due to every little thing.  If a child grows into an adult and never fears, wants, or needs to survive, what will they become?  I say this based on seeking people to save us.  If my neighbor can come to my door and ask for something rather than calling on the government, what is the difference?  Don’t you think the need and want molds both the person asking and the person being asked?  Should the government or anyone take this privilege of what I would call as basic human support?

I hate that the United States is going through this but I pray that we all reflect on what we can do.  This morning I heard about a man that went to a government site, to do what the employees did, for free.  The police told him to stop mowing the lawn for a national monument and then finally let him do it.  He was doing it for his country, his respect, and for free.

Last night I went to a church service and we had a celebration time.  During this time several people got up and talked about how bad things have been in their life yet God got them through it.  A person that had been dealing with constant moving, depression, and list goes on read the passage below:

Psalm 30 NIV

1 I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.

3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.

5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”

7 Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:

9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

The question really is, ‘Are you willing to celebrate the pain you are living and allow God to do His miracle?’

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