When Israel was about to cross over the Jordan River to take possession of the Land that God had promised them, He had them pause and review what they were about to do and what it was that He had promised them.
He made it clear that the land was His and He was graciously allowing them to use it. As stewards of what God was putting into their care, they would respond to Him for what they did with His gifts.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God...”
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NKJV
We, too, have been given a land that belongs to God. We are stewards, caretakers not only of the land but all the blessings that have come with it. The wealth, the prosperity, the power of this nation are all the results of being a nation that was founded on biblical values and principals of God’s Law. Even the children that God has given us, the burgeoning population and the good health that we have enjoyed in this country are a part of God’s promised blessing.
And as this chapter goes on to clarify, all of these blessings that have come upon us, that we have enjoyed for two hundred years can be reversed and turned into curses when we turn our backs on God and His Word.
The glorious good news is that God is rich in mercy and quick to forgive any person - and any nation - that turns and repents. Christ has already paid the price of our rebellion against Him. God’s renewed blessing just awaits our sincere repentance.
Lord, let it be so, and quickly!
Pastor Dan Giles