Friday, July 22, 2016

Thus Says (Part 1) "Look Up-God"

Israel was nearing the end of its 70 year period of captivity in Babylon.  God, through His prophet Zechariah, is calling for a national repentance from His people.

Therefore say to them, "Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Return to Me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts.  (Zechariah 1:3)

How appropriate are the words spoken to Israel then, near the end of its captivity, for America today, as we appear to be heading into a form of captivity ourselves?  
There is no denying the headlines, news reports and personal eyewitness accounts.  We had come to a turning point in this country where nothing is what it used to be, nor will it ever be the same again.  Yet, instead of acknowledging our part in the downfall of this nation, we have chosen to further rebel against God.  
We are no longer allowed to pray openly in public areas.
We have taken taken His word out of the schools.
The godlyprinciples and  morals that once defined who we are as a nation has been turned on its head.
The Ten Commandments have been pulled down from our government buildings.
The Bible has been placed in the darkest corners of our libraries.
We have embraced our sin and pushed the boundaries of God's patience.
We are no longer One nation under God.
America has turned its back on God.   

Our hearts have become so hardened by the choices we have made, that we no longer are a free people.  We have become a people of strife and division.
"You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation." (Malachi 3:9)
America has robbed God of His glory and honour.  It was he who founded this nation and it was he who sustained it.

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."
"One nation under God"
"In God we trust"
A lot of our federal, state and local laws were written from a biblical standpoint.  
The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta. All derived from the Holy Word of God. The Bible.
We cannot make God irrevelant.  His fingerprints, literally, are all over this land.  To try and make our Creator a nonentity means we as a nation will become a nonentity in the eyes of all the other nations of the world.  
Tell me you do not see it happening now?

Even still an Infinite and merciful God says "Repent of your sins and turn back to Me."
God is ready to forgive us and once again embrace us as His own.  
Are we willing to let go of the things that are separating us from Him and once again be one nation under God?
Are we ready individually to accept His ways above our own?
Thy will be done and not my own.

See you in part 2 "Look out-World"

God bless and have a great day.