For those of you following along, I began this miniseries with a look at Jeremiah 5:30,31, which ends with God asking the children of Israel (through the prophet Jeremiah) “what will you do in the end?”
In the three previous posts I have attempted to provide enough information about the current state of affairs in America to hopefully get everyone to see the parallel between ancient Israel and America today. In my opinion, the similarities are almost unbelievable.
In today’s conclusion, I wish to show you that in spite of the ungodliness that has pervaded America; we can have both hope and confidence in Jesus Christ to not only see us through these tumultuous times, but cause us to flourish and prosper in them.
To the discerning Christian, it is evident that the breakdown of the moral fabric of our society is all part of God’s master plan for the times we are living in today. Notice I did not say that God caused this, or that it is His fault.
Oh no. What we are seeing here is history repeating itself, as in the sins of Israel and the subsequent consequences being repeated right here in America.
I am simply saying that scripture makes it very clear that before the return of Christ, lawlessness and chaos will be the norm (II Tim. 3:1, II Peter 3:3,). It does not take a trained theologian to understand that we are seeing this played out each and every day.
Indeed, what we are seeing is the beginning of the inevitable separation of the sheep and the goats. Of course, you may not agree with this and believe that eventually everything will return to normal. I believe however, that “normal” is gone forever.
But be all that as it may, I am reminded of Paul’s encouraging letter to the church at Thessalonica where he told them “not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come“. II Thess. 2:2
Just as then, so it is today that our hope is rooted and grounded in the Lord Jesus, therefore we should not be shaken or troubled by the events we are seeing played out before us. Easier said than done? Not really! Our task is simply to keep our eyes on the prize.
Our hope cannot be placed in political parties and systems, or candidates who promise things impossible to fulfill. Our hope must be in the Lord Himself. Listen to the question that Jeremiah asked:
“Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things”. Jer. 14:22 ESV
Our Provider is none other than the Lord! Nations have always crumbled; none have endured because they have all forsaken the Lord at some point in their history. Only God is steadfast and unmovable. Why would we want to hold to anything but Him?
As I mentioned previously, we in America are horribly divided. Voices of every type and flavor are clamoring for our attention. Follow us. Follow them. Go this way. Go that way.
All of this reminds me of something that Joshua said when telling the children of Israel that they must make a choice about whom they would serve.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 ESV
I believe that America has been presented with this very same dilemma today. Whom will we serve? Are we prepared to forsake all others in order to stand with Joshua and declare that as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord?
Or if we choose to serve another besides the Lord, are we prepared to answer the burning question:
“But what will you do in the end“?
Be blessed and encouraged in His might!