Independence: be careful what you wish for

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On July 4th of each year, Americans celebrate the independence won from England over 200 years ago. While it can be good thing to gain independence from an unfriendly government, it is wise to remember independence from God is not only a disastrous  desire – it is impossible!

Notice what Isaiah says about the possibility of nations being independent from God:

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

Isaiah 40:21-23

Regardless of laws, judicial decrees, and presidential orders, God can never be excluded from the course of any nation. Independence from God, whether as a nation or as an individual, is not consistent with reality. As Christians let us celebrate our dependance upon God. Let us pray that our nation will repent for thinking we are independent from the will of the living God.





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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.