A Country is only as strong as it’s people…
I first read this devotion from the One Year Praying through the Bible by Cheri Fuller in early December.
I just kept coming back to it. I have added and changed little from the original, and thought it would be a good post to end the year.
2016 could very well be a pivotal year in the history of the United States. Only God knows what lies ahead but the challenge for each of us a followers of Christ is to live in a way that we add something of significance to the people and the places where we live
The nation of Israel enjoyed a rich history of blessing from the hand of God. He even promised them an abundant future. But in the little book of Hosea we find this indictment
“There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land” Hosea 4:1
A significant nation had become insignificant, there was nothing of lasting value left in the land
I was struck by the similarity of God’s pronouncement on Israel and where we find ourselves as a nation at the end of 2015. In this year we have seen a significant move away from the things of God, in some cases an outright hostility towards them. We could ask “how could Israel, an entire nation, lose its heritage?”
But we could also ask how we as a nation have lost the heritage of “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” to a nation divided, in rebellion to God?
The answer is not difficult.It begins when we come to a place where we know about God but there is little relationship with Him.
Second as we lose our relationship with Him we begin to lose our heritage as a “people of God” in increments.
Idols replace Him,
One generation fails to teach the precepts of faith to the next.
We only call on God in times of crisis.
We may point to problems in our own nation, but a country is only as strong as it’s people.
Therefore, it is wise to examine our own lives, individually, first.
Are I faithful?
Am I we kind to others?
Do I know and obey His Word?
Am I teaching his precepts to the next generation?
If we are to be a significant nation then we must become a significant people. And that begins one person at a time.
As we face 2016 and uncertain times my prayer is that each one of us would allow God to shed His light on our hearts and homes and sow seeds of significance in our lives.
Father, I pray that I will be faithful, kind and seek not to just know about you but seek relationship with you. Help me to cherish those things that have lasting value, that I may find significance through You.
Father I lift up this nation before You. Help us as a people to recognize what is of value and what is not. Open our eyes so that we will change our ways. Change my nation, Lord, but begin with me. Amen