Is America Experiencing the Judgement of God?
[We are repeating this entry from September 6, 2017, adjusted for COVIS-19, as it is so pertinent for today.]
Some Christians believe the storms and fires happening in America are God’s judgement on our nation. We are certainly an imperfect nation and we probably deserve judgement. So, let’s look at what the Word says. God judges sin. However, God’s plan is always to bring men to repentance and salvation – not to destroy. Only modern-day Pharisees want to see the lost or a nation, en masse, crushed under consequences of their sin! God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ was that His kindness would lead men to repentance. Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost and to deliver us from all the works of the evil one. He is more merciful and long-suffering than we can imagine. We live in a fallen world and the earth is groaning at the weight of it. God is our Savior in the midst of the fire and the storm.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17; ESV)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Worship the Lord for His goodness, His mercy, His love, His long-suffering, and His grace!
- Repent if you see a pharisaical nature in yourself. Be honest with God about this. He already knows.
- Thank Him for sending Jesus. Thank Jesus that He came. Thank the Holy Spirit that He draws us to the Father with outpourings of His love.
- Let the knowledge that there is a future judgement coming light a fire under you to seek out the lost and lead them to Jesus.
- Rebuke COVID-19! The Ekklesia has authority over the wind and the rain – and viruses.
A prayer you can pray:
Oh God, I worship You! You who are wonderful, good, gracious and loving. You have patience with sinners and sinful nations. It is incomprehensible to me. Forgive me when I would condemn, but You are still patiently working to draw everyone possible to Your plan of eternal life in Your Son. Pour out Your love through me. Let me be a light and a place people know they can go to for truth and to find life in Christ. Grant me a measure of Your love and patient endurance, Jesus. In the meantime, I rebuke you, COVID-19! You may not steal precious lives from those God loves! Lord, mercifully stop this virus and all of the effects of it that would steal lives and property. God, heal and restore. May the Church shine in this hour, love in this season, and cast the devil’s work out of our nation. Amen.
God sent His Son to seek and save the lost. The Ekklesia will partner with the Lord to undo all the works of the evil one, so that Jesus’ love might be fully revealed.