Righteousness exalts a nation
Proverbs 14:34 NET
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
Righteousness exalts a nation. The major issue in America today is moral depravity and decline. We as a nation have pushed God out of our educational system and every major institution. This nation when it began was built upon the truth of God’s word and we desired to honor God as a nation. It doesn’t mean we were perfect by any means. Just like any individual is not perfect because they are human, America as a nation is not perfect because it is made up of human beings and it is led by human beings.
American is not called to be a theocracy. We are the only nation in the history of the world at its founding who has chosen to honor the Living God. Israel was a nation was chosen by God. God established a covenant with Abraham that was passed on to Isaac and then to Jacob. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and through Israel the twelve tribes were established by his twelve sons. Israel throughout its history was called to be a theocracy but sadly during the time of Samuel they told God they wanted a king like all the other nations. That is exactly what God gave them, King Saul. Saul looked like a king but sadly he was not a man who had a heart that was truly committed to the Living God.
But in America, we find ourselves where we are today because we have abandoned God and His ways. Great blessing is placed on a nation when they honor God. Proverbs 14:34 tells us that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin or wickedness is a disgrace or reproach to any people. When a nation gives itself to moral depravity what looms on the horizon is the judgement of Almighty God. A nation that continues in wickedness and sin with no fear of the Living God in time will cease to exist. It isn’t because God is cruel or unjust, but He must rightly deal with sin and when His mercy is rejected, the only thing that remains is His judgement.
But the question remains what should believers do at this time in history in America? Should we simply stand by and watch it burn to the ground? Should we simply proclaim judgement over America and wait for the hammer to fall? I believe when we examine 2 Chronicles 7:14 it states clearly “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways, and cry out to me, I will hear from heaven and heal their land”. As believers and followers of Christ we only have control over our personal relationship with God. We can’t control what people do with in our local church or even in the body of Christ as a whole across the nation. But if we are willing personally to commit all we are and truly take the word of God seriously, I believe there is always hope.
Daniel is a perfect example of God using one man in history and his faithfulness to the Lord in prayer, to impact the course of an entire nation. As followers of Jesus, we have been authority directly from Jesus Christ. It is only God who can change hearts and it is only God who can open blind eyes. In this time of ever-increasing darkness may we choose to be a light. May we choose to live for Christ and consecrate our lives to Him. He is coming soon but that doesn’t mean we are called to simply put our lives on autopilot waiting for Him. May we diligently seek the Lord. May we cry out to God to move in our schools and in the halls of government. May we pray that God would raise up leaders and empower leaders to do that which is right. The hope of America lays in the hands of the American church. May we truly be a house of prayer and may we be the bride Christ has called us to be.
Father today we lift up the nation of America to you. We pray for the hearts and lives of our leaders. Father may you give them wisdom and understanding. May your will be done in their hearts and in their lives. Father may we as a nation do what is right according to your word. May you forgive us for the ways we have abandoned and forsaken you and your word. Father may believers across America understand the authority they have in you and use that authority diligently in the place of prayer. Father help us in our weakness. Help us in our unbelief. Help us to be the church and bride you have called us to be. In the name of Jesus, Amen!