Good News: Salvation, not only for individuals, but nations!

I am continually concerned about the spiritual and moral direction our nation and culture have taken! This concern not only has to do with national (and international) trends… It has to do with the drift and decisions of religious bodies that claim to be “Christian.” There are consequences for our decisions – tragic consequences! Any honest reading of the Bible makes that clear! Scripture warns… “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) And what is true for individuals is also true for nations… especially those who have the worship of the One True God as a part of their national heritage.
 
This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I read a passage that we most often default in our interpretation in a personal way. However, a closer examination reveals it has clear national implications…
Israel, as a nation, has drifted far from their covenant relationship with God. They had abandoned the first and second of the ten commandments (“You shall have no other gods before me!” And “You shall not make for yourself a carved image…you shall not bow down to them or serve them!” – Exodus 20:3-4) and had violated many other commandments as well! God allowed them to reap the consequences of their choices, and Assyria had become a cruel tool of God’s judgment (read portions of Isaiah 8-11)!
 
But there was hope for the repentant – those who would return to God – hope, not only personally but nationally! I am one, among many interpreters, who believe that Isaiah 12, not only proclaims hope and salvation personally for the repentant, but also proclaims salvation for a repentant nation! Here is what it says…
 
“You will say in that day: ‘I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you (plural) will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you (plural) will say in that day: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth!’” (from Isaiah 12 ESV)
 
So I’m going to guard my heart personally and seek to serve the Lord faithfully. But I’m also going to pray for national revival and do all in my power to influence my neighbors and friends to return to the Lord and serve Him faithfully!

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