All around us we see the effects of a nation that has attempted to cast God from their presence and try to forget He even exists. The same thing happened in Jeremiah’s day as the nation of Judah and their capital Jerusalem attempted to turn their back on God and go their own way. They went their own way… right into captivity in Babylon for close to 50 years.
In America in 1963 Bible reading in public schools, which had been foundational since the country’s beginning, was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1973 the Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that God is not the One who determines when life begins and ends, but the mother of the child she carries. Attempts have been and continue to be made to cast out Christ from Christmas, deny prayers prayed in JESUS’ Name at football games and commission meetings, place restrictions on chaplains in the military, among a host of other endeavors. It is to our peril as a nation to allow these attempts to continue.
We are told in Scripture the things written in God’s Holy Book, the Bible, were written for our example (I Corinthians 10:11). In Jeremiah chapter 18 God tells us, “Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in Mine hand, O house of Israel. At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in My sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.”
What was the reply of those to whom Jeremiah spoke God’s Word of warning? “And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.” Then God’s judgment fell upon them when He responded, “Because My people hath forgotten Me… I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy.” History bears out that God did just that, and to this day His people of the nation of Israel continue to find their way back to the Promised Land from whence they were scattered.
Back in verse 13 of Jeremiah 18 God says Israel “hath done a very horrible thing” in rejecting Him. In Psalm 9:17 He gives this stern warning, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” When God’s hand of protection is removed from a nation or a people at their own request, man is left to his own devices which are only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). In order for God to bless America again, or any nation on this earth, we must fall on our knees, repent of our sins and seek His forgiveness. It is our only hope for survival.
“The Righteous Cry, and the Lord Heareth, and Delivers Them Out of All Their Troubles.” Psalm 34:17