“See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'”
A nation of people for whom the Bible is the standard of right and wrong, who seek to live in accordance with it, will always be held in awe and considered - even by their enemies - to be a great and wise nation. Other nations with no knowledge of God and no desire to live godly lives will be forced to admit that they themselves are wrong and the ones who follow God’s Word are right.
The fall of such a great nation will always be wrought from within, brought about by those within the nation itself who turn their back on God and reject His Word. As the nation falls under their influence and is led off into moral confusion, it becomes a laughing-stock to the rest of the world, a ship of fools.
Which way will we go as a nation in this generation? Until now we have been known around the world as a great and wise nation, but the voices of those who reject God’s Word are growing stronger.
Lord God, we know that the greatness of a nation, its power and the security of its people are the result of Your blessing. We have sinned; forgive our foolish ways. Give us a spirit of repentance, of reverence for You and Your Word. Raise up a new generation of preachers and teachers, legislators and judges who stand firmly on Your Word and seek You with a heart of faith. Turn our hearts back to You while there is still time, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles