We see a lot of signs and bumper stickers which say “God bless America.” This should be the prayer of every American. My question is “Can God bless America today?”
I think the answer is found in Proverbs 1. Just listen to what God has to say in verses 23-25: “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:”
This pretty much describes America today. It even describes most Americans who call themselves Christians and claim to believe the Bible.
God’s desire is to bless by pouring out His Spirit unto us and by making known His Words unto us. He has stretched out His hand to us through all of the blessings He has given us as a nation. He has given us prosperity, freedom of religion, and preachers who remain faithful to His Word.
How have we, as a nation, responded? By refusing to listen to His counsel. By pushing religion out of the public life of America (only some religions because Islam can do and say what it wants in the public square).
How can God bless a nation that kills her babies before they are born? How can God bless a nation that accepts homosexuality as just another life style and can elect a president who supports same-sex marriages? How can God bless a nation that glorifies divorce in TV programs like “Happily Divorced?”
Verses 26-30 give us God’s response to a nation that refuses to listen to His counsel: “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.”
A calamity is when things are going wrong like the financial crisis in our nation. God is sitting back an laughing at our efforts to solve our problems. He mocks at the fear this causes. He is probably saying something like “You think you know more that I do, well you are reaping the fruit of your own counsel and will not listen to Me. Enjoy it while you can.”
When things really get bad our nation will call upon God but He will not answer because it will not repent. Its people will not seek the knowledge that comes from God’s Word, they will not fear God, they will not heed His counsel, and they will still expect Him to come to their aid when whirlwind comes.
I think we are already starting to eat the fruit of our ways, ways that ignore the precepts of God. We are filled with thinking we know better than God and that our counsel is wiser than His. This is what it means to “be filled with their own devices.”
If people would just look at the history of this nation they would see that when we honored God we were a prosperous nation. The farther we have gotten from God’s precepts, the more we have listened to our own counsel instead of God’s counsel, the worse it has gotten. Crime has increased, families are falling apart, and we are in a financial crisis. One would think we would look at history, see our departure from what made us a great nation and return to it.
The politicians are turning the simple away from sound counsel and turning them into slaves of the state by making them dependent upon the largess of the state instead of their own efforts. Those who work and succeed are taxed to pay for those who won’t. Those who are too lazy to work are given everything they need by the government. No nation can survive doing this, just look at Europe, Greece being a picture of what is to come.
When the full weight of the departure from the precepts of God falls on our nation, the people will cry out to God and wonder why help doesn’t come. Just look an what happened right after 9/11. There was a surge of church attendance for a week or two and then everything returned to normal. God was forgotten because He was no longer needed.
I ask again, Can God bless America? The answer is NO! When a people lives like there is no God, and only calls on Him when trouble comes, God cannot bless them. His righteousness requires judgment rather than blessing.
The only hope for America is a response to God like that of Nineveh.
“So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” (Jonah 3:5-10)
When the prophet of God warned Nineveh of coming destruction the people repented and everyone turned to God, including the king. The prophets of God in America are called names and mocked when they preach coming judgment. Worse yet. Many of those who a I supposed to be God’s preacher have sold out for mammon (personal gain of money or fame).
If we want God’s blessing on America simply praying for His blessing won’t cut it. We need to cry out to God with repentant hearts. We must seek His face (His approval). We must follow the admonition of Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
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