“You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon’; but this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them.
- Jeremiah 32:36-39
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- Colossians 3:12-17
“Imagine you have two pizzas and divide them evenly among zero friends… how many people are having a good time at your party? Zero! Calculus aside, dividing by zero is pointless, yet division over nothing is one of the enemy’s effective tools for causing pain in the world.
“In the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah speaks for God when he describes the blessing and beauty of unity in relationships, first between God and mankind, then between God and the nations. Further, in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul expands on that understanding calling followers of Christ to personally embrace “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace… according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:3). Paul reminds believers that the Kingdom of God is greater as a unified body. While there is rarely uniformity, meaning everyone looks the same, there is always unity even in great diversity when Christ is brought to the forefront and the Spirit is invited to bring harmony of purpose. Unity among believers is the evidence of God’s blessing and presence. In essence, when Christ is put in charge, everyone at the party gets a slice of the pie!”
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
With a reference to dividing by zero, I couldn’t let this devotion slide by. I get geeky with stuff like that.
But is it not true that if someone, or one party that manages to take control, divides the country, no one gets anything for which they voted. We all lose. Look what happened to Germany with Hitler as the chancellor. Hitler’s party chipped away until there was no government remaining, just Hitler and his cronies. Odd that the standing president is compared to Hitler when it was the other party that wanted to abolish the constitution (in the guise of making a ‘new’ one), doing to the USA what Hitler did to Germany.
In the USA, the constitution is in place with checks and balances so that one group cannot overthrow the government, but before the last presidential election, there were those in power that favored a “living constitution.” Their excuse was that the present document was outdated and a new constitution that could be easily changed would allow for greater improvement in government. I ask for whom is it an improvement? Our constitution is all that stands in our way of one person or one party dividing the country by zero.
Yesterday, I used a quote from Billy Graham. There was one sentence that I did not address.
“There is no doubt that nations also come to an end when they have ceased to fulfill the function that God meant for them.”
- Billy Graham, Day by Day with Billy Graham (May 9)
What happened to Assyria? What happened to Babylon? What happened to Rome? They each were discarded after they had served God’s purpose. Yes, even empires that did not serve God can be used by God for His purposes. As Billy Graham says, they all come to an end when they outlive their usefulness to God.
Let us pray that this does not happen to the USA, but the signs are there. As the philosopher said, when people in a democracy see government as something that provides for the people so that the people need not provide for themselves, apathy sets in, making it easy for the government to collapse, to be divided by zero.
You might think it was divided by opposing factions or divided by a single despot, but no, whoever destroys the US Constitution may enter the history books, but he/she is equivalent to nothing, for we will all lose.
And the only way to maintain the nation, or any nation on earth, is to be a nation “under God.” As a nation, we must repent and turn to God. As a nation, we must worship God. As a nation we must serve God and do God’s will. No nationally instituted religion is needed, but worshipping God is needed.
Each nation must start this process, or we will each run the risk of outliving our purpose in God’s plan.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.