The scripture for today is Zephaniah 2:13-15.
15 This is the fate of that vast, prosperous city that lived in such security, that said to herself, “In all the world there is no city as great as I.” But now—see how she has become a place of utter ruins, a place for animals to live! Everyone passing that way will mock or shake his head in disbelief
Wow. I’ve just read the devotional for August 23 by Frances Torgerson. She talks about how we are in a time where we have pushed God out of so much, and the time is fast approaching where we will need to make a choice, the kingdom of Heaven or the world, glittering and fast paced but corrupt. (Thank you, Frances, for that urgent message!)
Then I open up this verse. Talking about the city of Ninevah but you could easily insert New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C, Las Vegas….St. Louis.
We are a nation who began humbly, with the utmost trust in our God. We weren’t ashamed to acknowledge the Creator in the Declaration of Independence. The protection of religion is in the very First Amendment to the Constitution. Our money states, “In God We Trust” and we pledge we are “One Nation Under God.” Somewhere during the past 244 years, we’ve been distracted. In the building of vast roads and great, shiny buildings and factories that produce such a bounty of “things” citizens began to take pride in our own accomplishments, forgetting that our Lord is the author of all our achievements. Instead of giving praise because things were going well, we began to fight amongst ourselves. I do have an anxious feeling, especially when I read verses like this. The time is running out to pull our country back from the brink. Will we be a page in a history book? The noble idea that became a place of utter ruin?
I don’t want to end this devotion on a note of gloom. You see, even in the midst of the storm, even when things are crumbling around us, we are trusting Christ, our Savior and Lord. I think of the old hymn, “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.” Reach out a hand to your brothers and sisters, pull them to safety. We are the church, and united in Him we will always stand. Thanks Be to God!
Dear Lord, have mercy on our nation. Shine like the Beacon of Hope that you are and guide us all back into your loving arms. Amen.
Prayer Concern: That we tune out the noise of media and prayerfully choose our leaders in November.