When we speak of God as Almighty, it is more than just a title; it is descriptive of His nature, of His being.  God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; there is no one like Him.  As the Psalmist says, "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3).  Understanding this essential characteristic of our Creator gives us a proper perspective of who we are as His creation, of what our relationship to Him as God must be.  "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6).

America must trust in God as Almighty when it comes to morals.  Humanity has been created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26).  This  speaks not just of eternity, but of right and wrong, our ethical understanding, of those principles by which our conduct and relationships are to be established.  Humankind has shown a propensity, when left to our own devices, to allow selfish desires to become the rule for living, only to our own hurt and ultimately our own destruction.  As God is our Creator and Sustainer, He knows what is best for us, how best we should live, and the kind of life that builds up instead of tears down.

By turning our back on the principles God has established in Scripture, we are creating a culture that is destructive to itself.  For example, redefining family, or as some advocate, abolishing family, has not brought an end to sexually transmitted diseases, child abuse, emotional trauma, and a host of other problems that come by ignoring God's will and seeking to gratify our own desires instead.  The destruction of life in the womb has only led to a cheapening of life in general, including discarding the elderly.  We have discovered that greed isn't good, and whether one is an hourly laborer or an executive of a major corporation, unbridled materialism hurts the individual and all those his actions touch.  These are all moral decisions, and when not made by God's standards, sin is the basis instead, and sin only causes problems, for individuals, society, and our nation.  To borrow a phrase from Hosea, we have sown the wind but are now reaping the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7).

Scripture rightly states, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Prov. 14:34).  To put ourselves in God's place is to put our finite wisdom in place of the Almighty's infinite wisdom, to substitute sin for His right way for life, to bring problems to our existence instead of His blessings.  It's time for us to again acknowledge God as Sovereign over life, and we as His people, if we will find life as it should be.  "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).

Robert Johnson
Longview, TX

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up."

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."