Weekly Sabbath Survey
God’s Blessing — 12-28-13
Happy, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:15
As we approach the New Year, I am thinking back on a national frenzy among Believers in the past few years, over the Scripture in Jeremiah that starts, “If my people who are called by my name . . .” It goes on with a call to repent from evil doing and get back with the Lord in order for the nation to be blessed. It also states that God’s plan is that His people are blessed.
Lincoln called us ‘a nation under God.’ And when He said it, it was by far more true than it is today God has had several of His servants write about what it means to belong to Him, to be a people who are blessed of the Lord. Our founding father’s were no doubt very aware of the Book of Jeremiah. (People actually read their Bibles back then.) So they founded our nation in God, encouraging us to live moral lives, punish wrong-doers, and craft laws for decent living. As a result, this nation enjoyed ‘favored nation ‘ status that was unprecedented in human history except for the reigns of David and Solomon, kings on the nation of Israel established in The Promise Land.
America as a whole has spiritually strayed a LONG way from what we once were. In those days, some may have honored God with their lips, but most would never publicly deny God’s existence. Now, we are politically correct, celebrating our diversity, and passing more laws to ensure we are all treated equally. The only group that is watched and declared evil by just about everyone from Hollywood to D.C., is the Born Again Pain-in-Neck Bible Believers. Everybody else is just fine. Sin cannot be denounced publicly without serious repercussions.
When the Lord blesses, it happens gradually, step by step. If the blessing is taken away, and the curse comes, it is gradually. Like frogs in the water pot, we slowly became an ungodly nation by merely adjusting to the increasing evil until it is just about too late to keep America from being boiled to death.
The Scripture reference below is part of the farewell address of Moses. In it, he recounts the history of their removal from slavery in Egypt, up to the day he is speaking. They are graduating from the wilderness “training” and going on to life in the Promise Land. Moses is thorough and to the point as he recounts what it takes to be a blessed nation. See if you can draw a parallel with America’s past in this:
It shall come to pass, if you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, to observe and to do all His commandments, which I (Moses) am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth:
And all these blessings will come on you and overtake you, if you will listen to the voice of the Lord your God. You will be blessed in city and in the fields. Blessed will be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your cattle and other animals. Blessed will be your harvest basket and your storehouse. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will cause your enemies who make war with you to be defeated by you.
The Lord will establish you as a holy people as He has sworn to you, if you will keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and walk in His ways; and all the people of the earth will know that you are called by the name of the Lord and they shall fear you. Deuteronomy 28
The way for us to have God’s blessing now is by individuals and families being blessed. People who will honor God and His Word and do those things that open the hand of blessing. But no matter how we pray, weep, and fervently sing God Bless America, it will not happen unless there is a God-breathed, large scale national repentance/revival that sweeps the majority of our citizens into the arms of the Lord.
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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