The maturity level of most American believers is so shallow that if one describes 911 or Katrina as possible judgments of the Lord, we become offended and are quick to lash out with out tongues. “How dare you say something like that! Who do you think you are? A prophet? If so, you’re a false one,” we shout in unison.
The tumult continues until the person who has voiced such ridiculous beliefs is cowed back into his little box or his reputation shredded to pieces. This is what happened to Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson when they voiced their beliefs about 911.
What does the Bible state?
Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city unless the Lord has done it? (Amos 3:6)
We believers declare the Lord as the sovereign King over America, but when a 911 or a Katrina occurs, we quickly wrestle the divine scepter out of His grasp and place it in the hands of someone else.
But why do we assume the Lord, who is also our Judge, would not chastise America? Didn’t He use enemies and calamities to chastise Israel all throughout the Old Testament? Shouldn’t we expect to be treated the same as God’s chosen people?
Our immaturity resembles that of Jerusalem and Judah when Jeremiah prophesied to them −
Thus says, the Lord: “When men fall, do they rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming, but My people know not the judgment of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 8:4-7)
Maybe it’s time for us to grow up before it’s too late.
(Excerpt from Common Sense 2016 by Larry Nevenhoven, ©2016, Amazon eBook)
My prayer today:
Lord, reveal our hearts to us American believers and show us what we have done or failed to do that has contributed to the problems in our nation today.
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.