Return to the Blessing Giver

What a time in which we’re living. I’m tired of the constant lies coming from every direction, but I’m also weary of trying to proclaim truth.

We live in a time where vices are applauded and virtues are scorned. We claim to want peace, but our words are sharp as razors and we’re always ready for a fight. 

Before the rebuilding of the wall, Nehemiah says,

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses. (Nehemiah 1:4-7)

We know our country and world is in a mess. But is it simply from corrupt governments and politicians? Does it not spiral down to us as well? Have we not also acted corruptly? As a nation, even down to communities, churches, and homes, we’ve acted corruptly. We’ve exalted immorality, we’ve suppressed truth and applauded liars, we’re entertained by violence and trampled what’s holy and sacred.

As Americans, are we really above other nations? Do we deserve better? We’ve been so blessed, despite our pushing God’s statutes aside, watering down His Word, and constantly complaining and blame shifting.

Do we honestly not deserve what’s happening in our country? We’ve scorned the Source of blessings, then are surprised when curses come? 

I write this because it needs to be written. But I know it will go unread by the masses. By and large it will be unread and unheeded. Yet, I will say it again as I’ve been saying it for some time now, we need to truly pray and seek God’s face. We need to confess the sins of our nation as well as ours and our fathers’ houses. For we, too, have acted corruptly; Yes, even those of us who profess to be followers of Christ. My faith is weak concerning persons heeding my advice. Even so, let’s not be surprised if things go from bad to worse. Why expect blessings if we kick against the Giver and Source of blessings? But if we would turn to Him, confessing our own corrupt ways, who knows what God might do to restore our land?