GORDO CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Wouldn’t it be nice?
II Chronicles 1:1-12
As we all
know we have just finished another election cycle in this nation. Are you glad
to see the nonstop barrage of advertising come to an end? These elections will
impact us nationally, statewide and locally. We can celebrate the fact that in
America we do get to have our voices heard when we take advantage of the
opportunity to vote.
I would like
to make a few personal observations before we look at what we just read. In
many ways I am saddened by the amount of money spent on elections in America
today. I heard of one US House of Representative’s race in which over
$20,000,000 was spent. Just so we understand there are 435 house races every 2
years nationally. Admittedly not every one of those 435 saw that kind of money
spent but think of the possibilities. There was one US Senate race that over
$200,000,000 was spent (I may be low on that amount). On average there are 33
of those type of races every 2 years. These dollar amounts do not take into
account how much presidential elections cost or any statewide or local
election. What an incredible amount of money spent every election cycle to try
to convince people to either vote for you or vote against the other person.
Probably most of you picked up on how much is being spent nowadays but I just
felt compelled to share those numbers as we consider how we do elections today.
Let’s now go
back to what we read in scripture today. Here we see Solomon who has taken over
the leaders of Israel. One of the first things he feels led to do is speak to
every group of people he will be leader of. He speaks to those in positions of
authority in Israel, all the commanders. Then he seeks out and speaks to the
judges God has established over Israel. Then, it would seem, he speaks to the
other leaders in the country from the national to the local type. We then read
that Solomon spoke to the heads of the families as well. We see Solomon went to
the place called the Tent of Meeting that had been established with God’s
blessing first by Moses, then by King David, Solomon’s earthly father. He gave
everyone the opportunity to talk to him there. Solomon during his time at the
Tent of Meeting went to the altar and offered to God 1,000 burnt offerings. Did
you catch that? 1,000 burnt offerings! As Solomon humbly acknowledged God’s
authority over his life and the life of Israel.
We then see
in verse 7 God tells Solomon, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Now
think about that for a minute. What would be your answer if the God who created
the world we live in from nothing asked you to make any request you want of me?
Would we be so surprised we would not know what to say? Would we say, “What’s
the catch?” What do you think you would say or do if you were given that
question knowing God would really honor it? The fact is God did tell Solomon he
could ask for anything. And what did Solomon ask for? Was it fame and fortune?
Was it to be viewed as the most powerful man in the world? Was it to live a
long, healthy life? No. But before he gave God his answer, he once again
acknowledged God’s goodness and mercy to both him and his Father. He then let
God know he understood how important a job he had been given to lead the nation
of Israel. So, what did Solomon ask for? Wisdom and knowledge. To be able to
properly lead God’s people Solomon understood the thing these people need him
to have more than anything else was wisdom and knowledge. What an incredibly
unselfish request. Did God say to Solomon, “Are you sure that is the thing you
want more than anything else?” No, God understood the character of Solomon.
What a humble man he was! So, as a result, not only did God honor that request,
but basically gave him everything else almost anyone could want.
sermon title says, wouldn’t it be nice. Wouldn’t it be nice if the leaders we
have in this country would humbly ask God in an honest way to help them lead
this nation’s people? What a different nation and world it might be. Instead,
we have lies and name calling. Too often it is less about working together as
much as telling people how bad the other side is. I am saying all of this still
knowing how blessed I feel to be able to live in this nation. We have faults,
lots of them, but God’s hand is still reaching out to the leaders and the
people of this country. Yes, it would be refreshing to have leaders that
understood they can do little for the people of a community, state or nation
without God’s guiding hand and wisdom. We must pray for God’s mercy in our
lives, our community, state and nation, our leaders. The one true leader God
has given us that will never let us down is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We must be wiling to admit those in leadership will often fail us, but our God
will never fail us.
Tuesday 9:30 Bible Study
November 13 Care Package snacks are due. We know of Michelle
Wright, Alena Vest, Sarah Hissong. Are there others?
November 20 Council Meeting immediately after worship
Lord’s Storehouse Thanksgiving basket donations due—sign up sheet is in
the back of the sanctuary today.
November 27 Decorate sanctuary after soup lunch for all.
December 4 Christmas Vespers HERE
The women are taking orders for homemade candy again
this year. See the flyer on the bulletin board and give Chelle Shively or Nancy
Born Martin your orders. Pick up is on Dec. 3.
Offering plates are in the back of the sanctuary. Thank
you for your continued giving!
Donation Box: The Lord’s Storehouse
First Sundays: food donations for food banks
Pastor Larry Traxler- (217) 454-2362
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of disasters; victims of shootings; shut-ins; the Nigerian church; Haitian
Brethren; Ukraine; Hope Welty Library; Florida; Puerto Rico; La Place
Military and Other
Services and their families
Service workers; Disaster project workers
Calendar: Pray for the Naperville congregation
of the Brethren vision statement:
Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will passionately
live and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus Christ
through relationship-based neighborhood engagement. To move us forward, we will
develop a culture of calling and equipping disciples who are innovative,
adaptable, and fearless.
Our Mission Statement:
God, grow with others, serve faithfully, reach the lost, find peace.