Nations throughout history have faced many seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Bible and history are filled with numerous accounts of situations where nations were confronted with trials greater than their capacity to resolve. The difference between those nations that survived and thrived and those that didn’t was found in their relationship with God. For those that forged ahead in their own power and human wisdom, they found that God was not with them and suffered accordingly.
Nations who understood that apart from God their wisdom and strength was limited and who subsequently inquired of and cried out to Him in humility and repentance found that He would respond. He heard their pleas and responded on their behalf. Those nations understood that grace and strength were to be found in humility and obedience before God.
We live in the most wonderful nation which has ever existed on this planet. To this day, our freedom and lifestyle are the envy of the world. So much so that people in countries around the world seek what has become commonplace to us. Immigrants, legal and illegal, flock to America to escape poverty and tyrannical leaders to grasp for the American dream. They know there is hope in America and they are willing to sacrifice all they must to taste the blessings we experience daily.
Our nation was built upon rock-solid principles that, like glue, have held it together for some 243 years. The foundation upon which our nation was built was Scripture. Our Founding Fathers knew the Bible well and incorporated its principles into our nation’s Constitution. They understood the importance of humility, sound fiscal practices, sharing with and caring for others, living morally sound lives, and limited government.
Yet today, as those same principles wane in America, we find our nation facing seemingly insurmountable political and moral issues. Though it’s important we take bold and courageous stands as individuals and call our leaders to do the same, it’s more important we do as Jehoshaphat did and call out to God in humility for his direction and mercy. Jehoshaphat recognized he had no power to overcome his circumstances apart from God and that God alone was his answer.
A vast army is coming against you from Edom… Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord… [Jehoshaphat stated,] ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us, but our eyes are upon you…[Jahaziel stated,] ‘This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’ – II Chronicles 20:2- 4, 9, 12, 15, 17
Now is not the time for fear, discouragement, or the loss of hope! Now is the time to cast our eyes upon the Lord for what He, and He alone, can do! Our hope, peace and rest for today and the future will only be found in Him. America’s future is directly related to our personal and corporate relationship with Christ! I pray we each seek that relationship so that God can fulfill his purposes in and through us during this historic time which confronts us. I maintain great hope for our future; I pray you do to!