by Pastor Thomas Robb
"They are a nation void of counsel, neither is there
understanding among them. Oh that they were wise, that they understood this,
that they would consider their later end.''Deut.32:28-29
Have you ever given advice, advice that you knew was
worthwhile - if the one you are speaking to would only listen. It would help
them solve their problem or perhaps even avoid it. Of course, everyone is quick
to tell others what they ought to or not to do. I am not talking about this kind
of advice. But there are people that have had experience in certain fields that
are capable of advising others. Whether the advice is heeded is naturally up to
each individual. Usually it isn't!
Parents face a lot of rejection when giving advice to teens.
Usually when the child is young, the advice is heeded at a greater percentage
then when the child grows. It is during this time of "growing up'' that we
hear of rebellion from teens. Teens for some reason seem to think that advice
from parents is really an attempt to hold them back and often accuse their
parents of treating them like a baby.
The bottom line is that people disregard good counsel and
prefer doing things their own way.
In the scripture quoted above God points out a very
disturbing fact. We as a nation are guilty of the very thing that we as parents
often accuse our children of. We are void of counsel and have no understanding
of what we are doing to ourselves. If we could only look into the future and
fully understand the nature of our national folly and the latter end
of our rebellion against God, perhaps we would change our direction.
We are told in Proverbs," Trust in the Lord with all thy
heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.''
While modern churchanity may mouth words of obedience to God
they yet tell us God is Love and will not really punish our nation with plaques.
The Bible, however, is literally an historical record of Israel oscillating back
and forth from sin, punishment then repentance.
Somehow people today have a difficult time believing that God
is going to allow a curse upon our nation.
And if some national calamity should befall us we simply
turn the problem over to the politicians and scientists of our
land in much the same way that the ancients would turn to the
magicians and star gazers.
Repent or Else
The Bible tells us that there is a way that seemeth right
unto man, but the ways thereof are the ways of death. God does love His people
and it is not His intention that they should suffer, but they have brought this
suffering upon themselves in their folly and unwillingness to walk in the laws
of God. We are given warning throughout the scriptures of what will happen if we
as a nation turn aside from His commandments. In Rev.2:5,16 God simply says,
"Repent, or else!' Is that a threat? we often say
jokingly when someone gives us such an ultimatum. But God is not joking
and the plaques upon our nation are self evident of this.
"But what great sin have we committed?'' is the cry from
the people. We have become deluded by our own self-righteousness that we cannot imagine
anyone, especially God, allowing harm to come upon us. In
Jer.2, God tells Israel that they were a righteous plant, but their wicked ways
have turned them into a degenerate plant.
In this scriptural conversation, Israel responds to God by
saying, ''I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim!"
But God says," Look at the condition your nation is in
and you will know what you have done!"
Yes, we need only to look at America and it stands as a
WITNESS to our transgressions. Look at what we have done! These things didn't
Death-The Wages of Sin
Man is not able to escape the judgment of God. While would
be government leaders, throughout time, have promised that they and they alone
have the solution to peace and prosperity. God has stated that there can be no
peace and prosperity for a nation that seeks to live outside of the will of God.
Proverbs says that the nation that forgets God will be turned into hell. So just
as man has never been able to escape the judgment of death, even so a nation is
unable to escape judgment for it's sin.
And it is this judgment (punishment) that we see lowering
itself upon our nation today. Where can we go? Who will deliver us?
During the time of judgment there is always the awakening of
people to what has happened. The Bible says, they have turned their back toward
me and not their face, but in the time of their troubles they will say, Arise
and save us.
As America descends deeper into its judgment, we will see
more and more of our people awakening to the judgments of God.
The Bible says, "When my judgments are in the land, the
inhabitants of the earth will learn righteousness. Naturally we do not see
masses of people falling upon their knees seeking forgiveness. But that
shouldn't discourage us. People have ALWAYS taken the easy
way. Christ refers to this in his discussion of the wide road and narrow road.
Thomas Jefferson acknowledged this in the
Declaration of Independence. "Mankind is more disposed to suffer as long as
evils are sufferable than to right themselves by changing the forms to which
they have become accustomed.'' But as we saw in the period
leading to the American War for Independence, when all attempts to avoid the
conflict that had been exploited, the colonists were forced, for the future
welfare of their children to lift up the standard liberty. So in the time of
their trouble they will say, arise and save us.