Our Passing Nation
I don't post often anymore, but I think it is safe to say I'm spending time on higher priorities, such as child-rearing and reading through the Bible in a year again. It is such a blessing to do this and I encourage everyone to read their Bible daily. If I can find the time to read the Bible each day while tending to 4 littles ones 5 and under, who couldn't?
Recently, I read a passage in Job concerning the sovereignty of God. I found the passage comforting in light of my weariness over the state of our nation. The Bible is pretty clear: if a nation abandons God, He will abandon them, leading to their annhilation.
Read what Job says: "[God] makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away. He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and makes them wander in a pathless waste. They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them stagger like a drunken man." (Job 12: 23-25, ESV).
Our Congressmen and President have certainly been spending like drunkards on a gambling boat, but this verse is saying that even they are being used by the Lord; He has taken away their understanding and they are merely groping in the dark to find their way. Come on--can anyone really believe that spending trillions of dollars (TRILLIONS, mind you) of borrowed money in the middle of a recession will somehow help an economy? These are so-called leaders, passing legislation that even a kindergardner would find illogical and laughable.
God makes nations great and God destroys them too (v. 23).
No, I don't want America to land in the ashheaps of history as yet another short-lived experiment in democracy (remember those perverted Greeks?). Yet I find it nonetheless comforting to know that our nation's wickedness is not a sign that God is absent or snoozing on the job. Rather, He is patiently waiting, not wanting any to perish (2 Pet. 3:9). He is tolerating much, yet He knows the number of hairs on each citizen's head.
"Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming." (Matt. 24: 42)