by Shadia Hrichi
I recently watched a documentary on the tragedy of the Midwest Dust Bowl. A man who lived in the area his entire life scooped up a handful of dirt and exclaimed to the reporter, “Look, it’s upside down!”
The farmers had stripped the tall, native grasses from the land, exposing the dense top layer of sand. Underneath, approximately 12 inches down, was dark, rich soil. They were deceived into investing their blood, sweat, and tears, harvesting the land by plowing too deeply into the soil. In effect, they turned it upside down. The results led to the most catastrophic man-made disaster in the history of the US. The reason? They had stripped the land of its protective God-given covering.
Sadly, to this day, we continue to make the same mistake. We have stripped our land of another God-given covering: His blessing and His presence. We’ve driven Him out of our schools, our courthouses, and our government. Have we forgotten that our government was founded by men guided by God’s principles?
What was once sacred is now reviled. What was once reviled is now celebrated. In effect, we’ve turned our world upside down.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. … Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. … Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:25, 28, 32 NIV
So here we are, in a world turned upside down. Yet God, in His mercy, still offers hope! And get this: the solution appears upside down! While every other religion places the demand for restitution on the sinner, only the God of the Bible places the burden of restitution on Himself.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22, 23 NIV
Thank you, Father in Heaven, for your protection and blessings. May we never forget that You alone are our refuge and strength. We praise You and thank You for the gift of Jesus, Who came into our upside-down world that He might show us the way home.
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About the author: Shadia Hrichi is a passionate Bible Teacher who loves seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. In addition to numerous articles, Shadia is the author of various Bible studies, including her latest study, TAMAR: Rediscovering the God Who Redeems Me, as well as LEGION: Rediscovering the God Who Rescues Me, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me, and Worthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After Abortion. Shadia holds an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as an MA in Criminal Justice. Currently residing in northern California, Shadia regularly speaks at churches and women’s events and loves to visit the ocean each week for ”a date with Jesus.” Visit www.shadiahrichi.com
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