For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Ah, land of the ‘free and the brave,’ you are to be pitied for you have no peace, no contentment. You receive little and want more; you receive more and want more still. Constant striving, strife with one another for what is not yours.
Hear the Word of the Lord, Adonai. He has a grievance against the land; there is not truth, no faithful love or knowledge of God in the land; only swearing, and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery! All bounds are broken with one blood crime following another. Therefore the land mourns, and everyone living there languishes, wild animals too, and the birds in the air; even the fish in the sea are removed.
But no one should quarrel or rebuke, because there is quarreling there is stumbling in the day and the prophet stumbles at night with those in the land.
The answer to this is this: God says I will woo you by bringing you to a desert and speaking to your heart. I will bless you with vineyards and give you hope. You will respond once again as you did before…
This land of ‘the free and the brave’ is too comfortable, complacent. There are a lot of complaints but no action, no turning away from the present existence with its earthly comforts toward the God who gave those comforts. Instead there is a complaining spirit in the land with a lot of finger-pointing and no responsibility taken. There is a subtle move away from the God of the Scriptures to a God of personal experience created in the image of man. It is time to turn back to the God of His Word, back to the Christ who is the living Word. It is time to speak words of life and not death.
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