Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity." Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it. Psalm 96:10-11
The 12-year-old-boy had just gotten his first summer job working as a newspaper delivery boy.
With a week's experience behind him, he was eager to tell anyone and everyone about the crosses he carried. Wearing a martyr's robe, he sadly sighed, "I get up at five a.m. and while I'm getting dressed, Mom makes me breakfast. Then, just as I'm leaving for work, Dad gets up. Mom fixes him breakfast too. When I get home, Mom has lunch ready and on the table, but I'm so tired by then, I can hardly eat. Work is so exhausting."
When asked if mom gets paid, he said, "Mom, get paid? No ... Mom's got no job. She don't do no work."
Now you know and I know that just because a mom doesn't have her name on a company's payroll, or an IRA, or isn't building up a retirement account, that doesn't mean she ain't doin' no work. That boy is clothed, is fed, is comfortable, and keeps on functioning because mom, in her devotion and dedication, keeps working.
In many ways she has the most important job of all. It's just that those who ought to realize it, don't.
Just like some countries don't always give credit to God. If my calendar is correct, Canada just celebrated Canada Day and today the U.S. is celebrating the Fourth of July. As near as I can tell, many people in both nations are saying to themselves, "God, doesn't need to be paid. God's got no job. God don't do no work."
God got no job. God don't do no work.
That's what many in the U.S. Capitol would like to believe. It would be easier for them if the Washington Monument didn't have, at its top, the Latin Words "Laus Deo," which translates "Praise be to God."
God got no job. God don't do no work. Tell that to George Washington. In Washington's diary, in his own handwriting, are these words: "Let my heart, gracious God ... discharge those weighty duties which thou requirest of me ... I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins ... for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered on the cross for me. Thou gavest thy Son to die for me; and hast given me assurance of my salvation."
Tell Washington, "God's got no job." He wouldn't believe it.
God's got no job. God don't do no work. Is that what the Congress of the Confederation believed when, on September 10, 1782, they approved the printing of Bibles to be used in schools? Of course, such a gesture could not go unquestioned -- not then, not today.
The difference is back then when the government was asked to remove their Bibles, the Supreme Court ruled, "Why should not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, be read and taught as a divine revelation in the schools? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?"
They thought God had a job back then.
God's got no job. God don't do no work. Well, my friends, whether we choose to admit it or no, the same Lord who gave His Son as the world's Redeemer and who has granted us faith, forgiveness and spiritual freedom, is also the same Lord who watches over nations and governments. That's His job and He should be paid with the devotion and appreciation of our blessed nations.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may our rulers and people recognize the work You have done to give and maintain our earthly and heavenly freedoms. May we give thanks for the Savior and for You who provide every good and perfect gift. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries