Monday, August 11, 2014

שהם עזרא

I ended the part one with the question "What can we do?"
Only God can help us.

Clue #3:  The prophet of God tore his clothes, fell on his knees and lay prostrate before God 
interceding for his people.  

Why?  Despite all the LORD was doing for them, they went back to their sinful ways.  God's spokesman was astonished as what he was seeing and hearing.

America, too, has fallen into this pattern of behaviour.  The last 20+ years have been hard on our country and it does not seem to be letting up.  We have seen the rise and fall of our economy, the housing markets are very unstable and many cities are in financial dire straits.  And that is only a broad view of things.  

Just as the man of God fell down before God seeking His mercy for Israel, we too must have men and women of God fall on our faces before God seeking His mercy on America.
Looking at the words prayed in verse 6 of chapter 9 "O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up to the heavens."
We are in a time of great trials as a country and people.  All around us there seems to be civil unrest and violence.  Hope has been lost and only One person can restore it.  Not a man, but the creator of man--Jesus.  The hope we have in Jesus is our measure of grace that God has given us to escape the times to come.  

Clue #4: Ezra says of God "You have not forsaken us, but You have extended to us mercy to give us the hope of revival to repair the damage we have allowed to come about."
Let us take advantage of this opportunity to turn this nation around.  We are not seeking greatness those days are past.  However, we must seek above all to get right in the eyes of God once again.
How do we do that?  Repent and ask God to forgive us for our (individual) sins.  Jesus Christ the Son of God left heaven and came to earth to die for the sins of all mankind on the Cross 2,000 years ago.
The Hand of God is upon this nation to judge it.  If only His chosen would pray, and the unsaved  would repent, then the judgments from His hand would turn back to His blessings.

O GOD OF ISRAEL, THOU ART RIGHTEOUS AND JUST IN ALL THAT YOU DO