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Without an Embassy

February 24, 2016

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If you remember the year 1999, you were worried about your computer shutting down at the dawn of 2000. Or maybe you thought the financial system was going to crash? There was a U.S. presidential election in 2000. In 1998, bombings in the United States embassies of Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people. There were threats against the U.S. embassy in Kampala. We lived about an hour away from Kampala, in a little town called Jinja. 

My American passport was no longer worth much because our embassy shut down. My wife, our co-workers and I had to learn the lessons of Isaiah. The lesson is this: our allegiance and our security is in Yahweh and in no country, not your own or any other.

We had to learn on that little blue book in our pockets didn't really mean much. We had to find our security in Yahweh. 


Yahweh of the Armies of Heaven, my security is in you, and not in my citizenship. Though I do not want to take our freedom, the people who help to secure our borders for granted, help all Americans, all citizens of every nation to rely not on themselves but on you, Lord.


How is your fasting going for Lent? I have committed to no "sweets or meats." To explain, my son decided not to eat beef and chicken. One of my daughters decided not to eat sweets, so I'm joining them both. I forgot and ate a cinnamon roll at work the other day. It was good, but I didn't even think about it, I just ate then remembered later about my "commitment." How quickly we forget those commitments!


Give up worry today. Say, "I trust you with the things I'm worrying about, Yahweh."