Grieving over the nation.

Do you ever sigh or cry over the state of the nation? If you do, be aware that your concern doesn’t go unnoticed by the One who will straighten all things out at the appropriate time.

image by nik-shuliahin (Unsplash).

God is full of mercy and patience, and this is sometimes seen as evidence that He doesn’t care, or that He isn’t going to act, or that He isn’t around at all. It’s a big mistake to think that way.

Ezekiel saw a vision of six men who were God’s judges over the ancient city of Jerusalem and Judea. Five of them were appointed by God to deliver His retribution. The sixth was appointed to first go and put a mark on those who were to be shown mercy:

 “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it” (Ezekiel 9:4).

There’s a pattern in Scripture concerning a nation or a culture. The nation turns from its Maker and quickly descends into all kinds of immorality, perversion and violence. It worships idols and other gods. Its leaders become totally corrupt and work to enrich themselves, having no genuine concern for their citizens. They begin to lock away political opponents, and their prophets and spokespeople (what we call the media now) insist that all is well.

However, there’s always a remnant of people who mourn over what’s happening, over where the nation is heading, and about the darkness moving over the land. And that remnant is noticed by the One who will ultimately send judgment.


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