It took only 200 years for Israel to go from the Golden Age of Solomon to a nation so weak that it was conquered and exiled. Right after Solomon built the temple, God said to him: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

It was God’s hand which gave them prosperity and peace; and, if they abandoned God, then they were inviting disaster. (2 Chronicles 7:22)

Interestingly, at the time God said this, Israel was an undisputed military power, with the wisest king and an abundance of resources. No hint of disaster was in the air. However, prosperity and power were the reigning god. Within a few years of Solomon’s death, Israel began to turn away from God. Two hundred years later, in exile, the author of Lamentations wrote: “Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.” (Lamentations 5:21) Israel ignored the warning God gave during their prosperity and by the time the Book of Lamentations was written it was too late.

The U.S. is much like Israel. We are one of only two nations in the history of the world founded upon the promises of God. God’s hand has made us prosperous and powerful. Yet, in the last century we have removed Him from public influence, sacrificed millions of babies upon the altar of convenience and allowed pop culture to steal our children’s innocence. We have lived for the gods of power and pleasure.

Will we wait for disaster to strike or—will we do it now—amidst prosperity? Our nation’s hope begins with each individual. Moses never picked up a weapon, yet, through the power of God, he defeated Pharaoh. God is just as powerful today.

For the sake of generations to come, let’s live like we believe in Him!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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