I did not get to hear the State of the Union address last night. It will be interesting to see what happens politically in the next couple of years. President Bush is definitely the scapegoat for anything that is not going well right now. It seems that both Democrats and Republicans are doing their best to position themselves away from him. I feel badly for him. I don't agree with every decision he has made, but I don't think he is deserving of the current treatment he is receiving.
I really appreciated Tozer's remarks in yesterday's daily devotional:
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. --1 Corinthians 9:27
What must our Lord think of us if His work and His witness depend upon the convenience of His people? The truth is that every advance that we make for God and for His cause must be made at our inconvenience. If it does not inconvenience us at all, there is no cross in it! If we have been able to reduce spirituality to a smooth pattern and it costs us nothing--no disturbance, no bother and no element of sacrifice in it--we are not getting anywhere with God. We have stopped and pitched our unworthy tent halfway between the swamp and the peak.
We are mediocre Christians!
Was there ever a cross that was convenient? Was there ever a convenient way to die? I have never heard of any, and judgment is not going to be a matter of convenience, either! Yet we look around for convenience, thinking we can reach the mountain peak conveniently and without trouble or danger to ourselves.
Actually, mountain climbers are always in peril and they are always advancing at their inconvenience. I Talk Back to the Devil, 48.