Each day as I have my quiet, or not so quiet, time with the Lord, I read my daily devotion and usually read a few corresponding verses. If I am doing a Bible study, I will also work on that. If not, I have another method for choosing the reading that day.
I put my head down, pray, and ask God to let me open my Bible to the verses He wants me to read and learn from that day.
The funny thing is, I always say, Really, God? You want me to read this? And God always says, Yes, Lena..This.
And…I always, always hear Him speaking to me through the verses.
This was one of those mornings.
After I prayed, I opened my Bible to a book that I have rarely read in, Ezekiel.
Jerusalem, A Useless Vine
Chapter 15 describes a vine. It is not used for anything, it has no strength to be used. God says there is no use for the vine, just as he has no use for Jerusalem.
I will set my face against them. Although they have come out of the fire,
the fire will yet consume them. And when I set my face against them,
you will know that I am the Lord. I will make the land desolate because
they have been unfaithful, declares the Sovereign Lord.
As I read this, I could not help but think about our country and the things we are facing.
Let’s put aside political parties, who we voted for, who we want to run for whatever office…
Let’s look at our country as a whole … We have cities going bankrupt, we are in such debt that if the countries we owe money to came calling, we would go bankrupt. We have heard many reports of people being held captive in homes for years, we have had terrible tragedies happen across our country over the past several months. We have so many other things that the Bible says are wrong, and even being supported by Christians.
I can’t help but wonder if God has turned his face against us. Has God said, Enough is enough!
It reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham asked God, God, if there are even fifty righteous people in the cities, will you spare them?
I know there are more than fifty righteous people in our country, but has God grown tired of saving us, saving our cities, saving our people, saving us from ourselves?
I don’t know the answer. To be honest, I’m not sure I want to know the answer.
I pray that if God has not already grown tired and weary of His people ignoring his commandments, if God has not already grown tired and weary of his people turning their backs on him, that He will give us another chance.
I pray that as a country we will turn our hearts back to God.
Will you join me in praying for the people in our country?