A Nation of the Nations
In our studies we have realized God brought great opportunity to the American Forefathers. He gives us instruction in Scripture given below, though this is for Israel, it applies directly to any nation among nations.
What an amazing set of scriptures to read for one day. This all reminds us of what our forefathers must have dreamed of when realizing their place in the new pioneer given to them for worldwide blessing. It is truly sad we, in all of our greatness, have not fulfilled what has been promised in these words. So we pray ourselves to be reformed and revived.
We have been told recently that our ‘war in Iraq’ was a “mistake”. These are not words spoken like below of a great nation.
In the Bible readings for today, we find instructions for great nation building and preparation for eternal days. May we heed these simple principles for our true national greatness as a nation and individuals as peoples of that nation…
SERVE OTHER NATIONS AND ALL PEOPLES WITH HUMBLE PROVISION OF NEEDS
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
RECEIVE GOD’S PROMISED HELP IN THE LIVING OF LIFE
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
FIND GUIDANCE AND FRUITFULNESS FROM GOD FOR THE FUTURE
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
SEE YOUR NATION A WORLDWIDE BLESSING TO ALL OTHER NATIONS AND SO RECOGNIZED BY THEM
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:6-12 ESV)
PREPARE FOR ETERNITY’S HOME
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
LIVE WITH THE IMMANENT ENCOURAGEMENT OF BEING CAUGHT UP TO HEAVEN ANY MOMENT FOR AN ETERNAL HEAVENLY HOME
For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV)
DON’T BE FOOLED BY FAKE PEACE AND PROSPERITY ENDING IN ETERNAL DESTRUCTION OF THIS PRESENT WORLD
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
SUIT YOURSELF IN GOD’S ARMOR, AND BE SURE OF SALVATION BY FAITH IN CHRIST
So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 ESV)
May God help us to be corrected and prepared for this true biblical greatness promised to us as members of Christ’s church.