Last May, Michelle Obama visited our neck of the woods. A few days later, Joe Biden was here. In between those visits, there was an earthquake.
A real earthquake - which is rare for this part of the country.
Some might say, “What a coincidence.” Others might make nothing of the three events at all. But being keen to not miss what God is saying to us, I am wondering, ‘God, what are you saying to us.’
It’s no easy feat for me to be a blogger of what God is doing in our lives, while staying out of the political fray that is so pervasive in our nation. Everybody has an opinion. So do I. But so what? Our opinions don’t matter.
In the summer of 2008, I was reading the Book of Judges. It’s the story of possibly 300-400 years of a repetitive cycle in the nation of Israel. The people had finally settled in the land God promised their ancestors, and for a while, they remembered Him and what He had done for them. But then…
They didn’t fully obey all He’d told them to do, including His command that they not intermarry and accept the lifestyle of the people who were His enemies. Those people were the Canaanites and they neither knew God, nor served Him. They were immoral and idolatrous and in getting chummy with them, Israel began to follow their ways.
God had intended for Israel to be a light to these other nations – His light. But when they ignored Him, He allowed them to be oppressed by those who liked to celebrate the dark. Now this wasn’t God’s way of getting even with Israel. It was His means of turning them around. Because after enough oppression, Whom do you think they cried out to pleading, “Oh God, please save us!”
And when they did cry out to Him, He responded by sending a deliverer.
Once delivered, they settled down like unruly children after a spanking, obeying their Father until…
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD (Judges 6:1)
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. (Judges 17:6)
Note the emphasis: …the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
And so they went, back and forth, repeating this same cycle:
Step 1) Loving God and obeying Him,
Step 2) Forgetting about Him,
Step 3) Suffering oppression,
Step 4) Begging for a savior,
Step 5) Being delivered
Over and over for hundreds of years.
Doing whatever seems right in our own eyes without regard for God’s word and will brings catastrophe. It might not happen right away, and those who justify wrongdoing as “the new normal” may think it never will.
But it always does.
When I read Judges in 2008, I recognized something and I asked God, ‘Where is America in this cycle?’
People here and in other nations have been saying for a while that America is at a tipping point. Australians fasted and prayed for our nation last May. Judging by all the stories in the news, it seems as if we’ve moved from Step 2 into the beginning of Step 3.
It is time to plead for America, the nation God also intended to be His light in a world of darkness. Remember our pledge to be “One nation under God”? Let us join together and ask His forgiveness for forgetting that. Let us invite Him back before we reach Step 4.
Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.
For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
(Galatians 6:7-9 Amplified)
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