Things are tough in America….I spoke to a group on Thursday and mentioned how most of us do only what a wise friend of mine suggested;
MANAGE DESOLATION INSTEAD OF HOPING FOR RESTORATION
We can do better. We can hope that ethics and the character of believing Christians and Jews come back to this country on every level; We can hope for less greed, we can hope for kindness, we can hope for patriotism, we can hope for truth to be told. (please, I know not all believing Christians and Jews are not kind, generous, patriotic or truthful, but I’m talking about those with the character these faiths elicit simply through true understanding of the Judeo Christian God)
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59
We, and our country, have been unfaithful to God, not unlike so much of what’s written in the Old Testament. The Israelites were profoundly unfaithful to God until times got tough; every time they improved, they forgot him, began worshiping idols, lived unworthy of His attentions, yet He continued to favor them. Us, too. But, God did get impatient in the Old Testament. Is He losing patience with us?
Second Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Are we kooks for thinking this? Are we silly for wasting time praying for forgiveness, for restoration, for revival? I don’t think so…….some of you don’t, either. But we need to pull a whole country with us. Yet, imagine the kinds of really ungodly behavior Americans are involved with today, and how they mock anyone who dares share Christian faith. Can restoration happen?
Second Timothy 2:24-26 “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
Have a wonderful Sunday!