STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS                                                                                                          Andy Hollifield 2-9-18

Psalms 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.

Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:14 If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.

I usually try not to get too political and I have no intention of it tonight. As I am writing this, our elected politicians in Washington are squabbling over stuff that has no relevance to the budget and are putting government employees lifestyles, dreams, and well-being in question. For the second time in less than three weeks our federal government is on the verge of a shutdown. Maybe by the time you read this it will already be resolved. Either way, draining the swamp is sounding pretty good about now. When this happens, we have to be concerned not only for the livelihood of some of our citizens but also that of our underpaid military. Also, the threat of attack would seem to be increased at a time of financial crisis. The bottom line is that there will be services that the federal government provides that will not be available until this impasse is resolved.

I didn’t start out to write about our government but the government in another country. Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Of course that scripture is speaking about Jesus who is one-third of the trinity in that country I am headed to. What I really started out to write was about the fact that there has never been a shortage of anything much less a shutdown in heaven. Just in my mind, I would imagine that the closest heaven ever came to shutting down was when Jesus was on the cross and God had to turn his back on him and forsake him so he would never have to forsake me. I can also see in my mind’s eye, all of heaven standing in silence as that took place. That is just Andyology and I don’t know if that even happened. It don’t hurt to have a vivid imagination.

I thought about how, with this shutdown, there will be an untold number that will have to rearrange plans of all kinds because of their funding being cut off. If it goes on longterm, it could even alter retirement plans for some workers. And then there’s heaven, with all of its beauty. It is not disturbed at all when one of these situations occurs. God’s provision and his benefit package and retirement plan are out of this world. Meanwhile, we are still living here and still have to do battle with the flesh every day. I thank God that my peace of mind doesn’t come from the president or government but from the throne of God and his power. Like in the verses I mentioned above, I am sure Jesus’ is not the least bit rattled and he can still give peace in those places where you shouldn’t have anything except fear and dread.

Just a quick little rundown of some of his assets. God has a house that is so big that there are many mansions in it. Jesus has been working on a place for us for over 2000 years. Can you imagine how wonderful it will be? That place has a tree, the Tree Of Life, that has 12 kinds of fruit. The walls are made of jasper and the gates are made of pearl and a street of pure gold. All that is wonderful to look forward to, but we often need help here and now. God said in Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Over in Matthew 6, the bible tells us that God knows beforehand all the things that we need and will supply them. There is no budget impasse in that land. Over in Isaiah 59:1 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.” Romans 10:12 tells us, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Joshua told the nation of Israel before his death, “There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass (Joshua 21:45).” Psalms 84:11 tells us “… good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

Things may look kind of bleak and uncertain at times here, but in heaven our future is secure and our present is well-funded. David said in Psalms that he had never seen God’s people begging bread. Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, take comfort in the fact that God has not put heaven or us on rations. He even said in Philippians 4:6 “…with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” He will freely give us all we need. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. If it were possible and if he needed to; he would bankrupt heaven just to meet your need. I am glad it’s not possible and he will never need to. Romans 8:17 tells us that we are “heirs and joint-heirs with Christ.” We’ve still got it made, God’s not broke, and heaven and the throne are “still open for business.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


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