We read the words: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the
Lord,” and we certainly can see the providential and beneficent hand of God upon the United States.
There is no doubt that God has blessed us. The question is: Will America continue to be the kind of nation that God blesses?
We sing and we say: “God bless America.” For some, those words mean, “Preserve our nation.” For others, it might mean: “Give us victory over our enemies.” Or, “Don’t
let the stock market drop any further.” Or, “Stop the rise in unemployment.” God bless America. Those words are wonderful when they form a prayer. But
they turn into great arrogance when they become a demand or an assumption.
God has already laid out the conditions for His blessing: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the
Lord.” Not, “Blessed is the nation whose God is freedom.” Not, “Blessed is the nation whose God is money.” Not, “Blessed is the nation whose God is sex and pleasure and entertainment.” Not, “Blessed is the nation whose God is self-will."
Only when the
Lord is God over our nation will we be blessed.
Nations rise and crumble, but the Word of God endures forever, and He says:
“When I shut up heaven
and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will 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 ” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14, NKJV).
Today is a time for God’s people to say, “Lord, we will turn to you. We will humble ourselves. We will pray and seek Your face. We will turn from our sins.” Then,
God says, “I will hear from heaven, and forgive your sin, and heal your land.”
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” That truth can become real for you at a personal level as well. Blessed is the man or woman, blessed is the boy or
girl, whose God is the Lord. The greatest blessing you gain in time and eternity is eternal life, and that life comes by making Jesus your Lord.
“And this is the testimony:
that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12, NKJV).
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Suggested Bible Reading
2 Chronicles 7:1-14
As you pray …
Pray for a humble heart that truly seeks God’s face.
Ask God to reveal personal sins in your life that you need to confess and forsake today.
Ask God to reveal corporate sins in your church and your nation, and seek God’s forgiveness for your part in those sins.
Pray for God’s healing to come to the United States.
Posted on 07/04/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under