Once again, we the citizens of the United States were privileged to celebrate our independence courtesy of God’s grace and provision. Those two Divine acts established a nation based on Biblical laws and principles of freedom. Through the wisdom of our founding fathers who had tremendous respect for God’s Word, though all of them were not Christians, this nation became a bastion for freedom and center for missionary activity. A promise given to Israel would become evident among Gentile nations… “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Ps 33:12). Centuries before the founding of America, God used a man by the name of Nehemiah to assist those who had been in captivity to Babylon. Scripture records … “The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem” (Neh 1:1-2). God was about to raise a champion for Judah “for a time as this.” He had a willing servant in Nehemiah and a king whose heart God was preparing to accomplish His plan. “The king said to me, "What is it you want?" Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it." Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time” (Neh 2:4-6). It is encouraging to know that God uses willing servants as instruments of His grace. “For such a time as this” can be applied to each of our lives. In the day in which we live, it is obvious to any discerning individual that this nation is in moral and spiritual decline. Yet God continues in grace to honor His Word in the lives of those whose hearts are devoted to Him. His promise of restoration and revival given to Israel can apply to our nation … “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chron 7:14). Think of that verse as a contract -- conditions of one party and that of another. Three conditions are required of those in the national entity: humility and prayer, seek His face, and turn from wickedness. Note that the process of restoration begins with humility. Arrogance destroys individuals and individuals collectively destroy nations. God promises great benefits for possessing an attitude of humility. The people become attentive once again to the Word of God. “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Ps 25:9). Through Zephaniah, God issued a challenge and a promise to Israel … “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger” (Zeph 2:3). The Apostle Peter reminded Christians to … “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). If believer’s in a nation meet His conditions, God has promised in the “contract” that … “I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” God keeps His Word. Just as He promised to send a Savior who would provide salvation to all who would believe in Him for the forgiveness of sins, He will honor the prayers of repentance by Christians in this country, with the result that this nation will prosper once again spiritually, morally and economically. It is no coincidence that you and I are living at this critical point in the history of this nation. Perhaps we are those whom God has “for a time as this” so He can bring great blessing to the United States of America.
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