It Has Been a Rough Week…

It’s been a tragic week in our country… Riots in our cities, tragic loss of life, inflammatory rhetoric, tense court cases, crisis at our borders, and other events in our nation (some of which we may not even be aware of).  As painful and tragic as these events are, perhaps God is using them to call His people to put 2 Chronicles 7:14 into practice!

“If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.”

My Bible reading this morning included Psalm 60 which seemed appropriate in light of what has transpired in the past weeks and months.  Let the truth of it grip your heart as it did mine this morning and see if you don’t find its message appropriate and challenging…

God! you walked off and left us, kicked our defenses to bits and stalked off angry. Come back. Oh please, come back!  You shook earth to the foundations, ripped open huge crevasses. Heal the breaks! Everything’s coming apart at the seams.  You made your people look doom in the face, then gave us cheap wine to drown our troubles.  Then you planted a flag to rally your people, an unfurled flag to look to for courage.  Now do something quickly, answer right now, so the ones you love best are saved… You aren’t giving up on us, are you, God? …  Give us help for the hard task; human help is worthless.   In God we’ll do our very best; he’ll flatten the opposition for good.” (from Psalm 60 The Message paraphrase)

One thing for sure… I don’t want this nation that I love to fit the description God gave of Judah in Jeremiah 22.21: He said, “I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, ‘I will not listen!’  This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me!”

“You aren’t giving up on us, are you God?  Give us help… human help is worthless!”

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