Benjamin Franklin observed “the only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Young and old Americans know each year that the “tax day” is coming. Especially in these days of historic bailouts that boggle the mind and drain the batteries on calculators—taxes are getting to be more and more a sure thing!
Filling out the IRS 1040 form requires a graduate degree or a highly trained red-eyed CPA. Albert Einstein who solved the mysteries of noted “the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” I must agree!
On April 15th around our nation there is a grassroots movement rallying around the theme of “Tea Parties.” Those who know American history remember the historic revolt in the harbor of Boston when our founding fathers tossed British tea overboard in revolt against unfair taxation from Mother England. Today, many are angry and frustrated with the course we are taking as a nation. So rallies are springing up all across the land calling for change—real change!
I fear the cries of the people are directed to the wrong place of real change. If we want real change we need to cry out not to Washington but to heaven. On April 15th churches and believers across the land will be hitting their knees crying out for real change. I plan on joining this movement.
In a dark hour in Israel’s history the prophet Jeremiah sent a letter to the LORD offered a powerful promise to His people. He said:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
We will find what we are longing for when we seek the LORD with all our hearts.