What if God wanted our country to be poor?
to be humbled on its knees?
to be in the depth of mourning?
to be selfless?
to be hungry and thirsty?
to be persecuted?
Often we hear and say the words "God bless America!" But do we really know what we are saying? Do we really know what we are asking for?
When I compare the world's understanding of "blessing" to what Jesus taught - they are strikingly different.
"Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them...
There is spiritual danger living in a country filled with material blessing and earthly success.
We can have homes full of stuff but lives empty of value.
We can view devices and follow trends but be blind to Jesus' guidance.
We can build success but become proud.
We can dress from stacked closets but be naked in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
We can grow immature, weak, apathetic, arrogant, lukewarm, lose our saltiness and become diluted by keeping up with the Joneses. Read John's letter to the church of Laodicea!
Often when Christians live in other countries, especially ones that persecute their faith, their faith is tested and strengthened more than if they were in a country of religious freedom.
Let's not hide from persecution right here in America!
What does it mean if we aren't being persecuted? We are missing God's blessing!
You left heaven and lived in a place that was undeserving of You. The world cannot contain your glory and so You humbled yourself out of your calling to become one of us in order to save us. I praise you, Lord, because you do not give to us as the world gives. You do not bless us with treasures that can deteriorate, get stolen, or be destroyed. You bless us with a forever love, life to the fullest, and salvation for our souls in heaven! Even if life in this world is troubled we do not need to fear because you are with us and gift us a peace beyond this world's understanding. Thank you Lord, Jesus. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. Amen.