As we look around us, at this great big land we call America, what do we see?
Do we see…
…lies and corruption?
…hatred, violence, and murder?
…parents killing children and children killing parents?
…rage against our fellow neighbor?
…a decrease in morals and values?
…an increase in wars, nation against nation?
…obesity and poor nutrition values?
…increases in our national debt?
…increases in our taxes?
…amount decreases in our Social Security, pension funds, and medicare?
…increases in the cost of defense?
…increases in unemployment?
…increases in terrorism?
…decreases in healthcare and education?
…poverty and famine?
…increases in natural disasters and their intensity?
Some of these things which we see (for example; violence, hatred, murder, rage, lack of morals and values, poor nutrition values, and others) are a direct result of us living in the flesh, rejecting God, and following our own ways, doing what looks right in our own eyes. Many areas of our lives show evidence of us rejecting God and doing what is right in our own eyes. There is rage found in commuting traffic, where everyone is in a hurry to get some place and are angry at everyone around them. We judge others before looking at our own self. We allow things into our homes which are unrighteousness, immoral, and against all goodness. Television has decreased its moral values in what can be displayed, the same goes for other media outlets. What was once inappropriate to show, is now the everyday norm. We destroy our bodies with poor eating habits, drugs, alcohol, smoking, profanity, consuming excess, cutting and decorating our flesh (molding it into our own design and image). Our priorities do not include God and we become so busy sometimes we do not have time for Him at all. We have taken God out of our state, government, schools, work places, social meeting places, voices, text, and even out of our homes.
The other things which we see (for example; wars against nations, natural disasters, famine, poverty, financial distress, and others) are things which God may be allowing to happen as a consequence of our rejection of Him and following our own ways. God does not cause evil to happen to us, but if we are rejecting Him and doing what is right in our own eyes involving sinning…He cannot not help us or bless us until we have repented and turned from our wicked ways and followed His ways.
It must seem strange that such a simple thing as humbling ourselves, coming to God, repenting of all of our ways, and seeking His kingdom of righteousness could heal our lands and result in blessings to all. How can something so simple, be so difficult for people to fulfill. God is waiting for us to do our part so He can do His part. He wants the best for us, including prosperity. However, we have a part to play in this before He can do anything.
Let us look at His word and see what it has to say about this;
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness” (Isaiah 8:19-22).
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king” (1 Samuel 15:23).
“I will surely consume them, saith the Lord: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them” (Jeremiah 8:13).
“Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. Also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight” (2 Kings 17:13-20).
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth” (Isaiah 53:3-9).