TRUST: God Will Judge Our Nation


America, as a country, used to love to tout that it is a Christian nation. We have been going askew for some time. We have been dying a slow death in terms of our faith and worship in the Almighty God, Jehovah. For some time now, we have called wrong right and right wrong. We have ushered into a new and greater age of apostasy. As a country, we have sought to redefine righteousness with what we want rather than what God demands. We have intensified the uncoupling of our nation with the Lord of Hosts. As such, we need to prepare for the consequences of our waywardness. This is why I am submitting TRUST: God Will Judge Our Nation.

In understanding the bible, God expects us to allow the Word to serve as a cross reference and a revealer of truth. This is no more true than thinking of one’s country and of himself. God is always telling and expecting us to TRUST in Him. Remember, TRUST: Blessings or Curses for You? By our acts of faith or doubt, we receive blessings or curses based upon our response to God. TRUST: God Will Judge Our Nation can be seen in Israel as well as other nations. Today, we will look at Assyria.

In Old Testament times, Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian Empire. If your will recall from Johah, Nineveh was the city that God called him to preach and the people repented. This happened centuries before out text today in Nahum. Nahum addresses a city, thus a nation, that has turned back sin in forsaking God. To reiterate, TRUST: God Disciplines those Who Forsake Him. Nineveh, like America, is ripe for judgement by God. TRUST: God Will Judge Our Nation.

Nahum 1

A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
    the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
    and vents his wrath against his enemies.
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
    the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,
    and clouds are the dust of his feet.
He rebukes the sea and dries it up;
    he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither
    and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.
The mountains quake before him
    and the hills melt away.
The earth trembles at his presence,
    the world and all who live in it.
Who can withstand his indignation?
    Who can endure his fierce anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire;
    the rocks are shattered before him.

The Lord is good,
    a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,
    but with an overwhelming flood
he will make an end of Nineveh;
    he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.

 

TRUST: God Will Judge Our Nation. There it is right there. Through the prophet Nahum, God foretold of His judgement against Assyria and Nineveh. Why? Remember God’s commision to Jonah? “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”Jonah 1:1-2 …Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth…10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”(Jonah 3)

God had provided Nineveh with an opportunity to repent and relate to Him as their God, but like us, the people forsook God. Now, we see God, through another prophet Nahum, telling the people of His judgement. Similarly, God, through the greatest prophet Jesus, has offered repentance and relationship with God to America and to you as an individual wherever you are. “Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”” (Mark 1:15) Paul repeats Jesus’ invitation and message when he said “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21)

In John 3, Jesus outlines what is the outcome for those who fail to TRUST in Jesus. He said, “31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[i]gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

TRUST: God Will Judge Our Nation. God will also judge and condemn you should you fail to remain faithful in your TRUST in Jesus as Lord and Savior. If you remain stedfast and faithful in your TRUST in Jesus as Lord and Savior, we know from Romans 8 that “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a]free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh,in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

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