“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
Trump your fears with faith.
Yesterday I spoke with my sister about the two eagles of Ezekiel 17 1-10, as being America as she once was and as she now is. If ever America is portrayed in scripture I believe it is here.
According to God, this understanding was to be a riddle, spoken as a parable, by Ezekiel. (See vs 1-2)
As you read it you too might see America as founded in verses 2-6 and America as she has become in verses 7-10.
Is America now under attack of the “east wind?”
After reading Ezekiel 17:1-10, and remembering John 15:5 “I am the vine you are the branches, … apart from Me you can do nothing.” see if you see what I see.
Now I ask you, “Are our roots and branches now turned up toward the second eagle in a national reliance on our government? Has our government not led us away from God, away from our foundational roots as a nation? Verse 9 says by question, “will it thrive? Will he (the second eagle) not pull up its roots (Christian foundations of the vine) and cut off its fruit so that it withers…? (We as a nation can not bear fruit without Jesus, the root of our vine. Have we, Christians representing Jesus, turned our roots toward a false mother, seeking nourishment? Will we not wither as she withholds with disgust what was never ever to be our sustenance?)
“And neither by great strength nor by many people can it be raised from its roots again.” “Will it not completely wither as soon as the east wind strikes it – wither on the beds where it grew?” (Vs 9-10)
If this is America and I believe it is, such a gloomy end can be a hazard to one’s faith and more so if one is not yet a follower of Christ, only a believer in Christ.
A cautioning thought came to me a while back. “If it is all about here, it can never be about heaven.”
Dear heavenly Father, allow us to focus on You and the eternal life You desire for us. You have provided the keys to Your kingdom of heaven. There IS a kingdom as surely as there are keys!
(Lord) By the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness we reign in this life (Romans 5:17) By Your grace may we grasp our existence in eternity as being like You, full of grace and righteousness and that it is to be learned here in preparation for there!
(Lord) Restore in us the understanding required so that we may see Your prophecies as true warnings to be guided by, as surely as an accurate compass.
(Lord) Our map to eternity must include the hazards as well as our destination. Neither can be omitted. The hazards also mark our journey’s progress. The hazards must be considered fearlessly lest we shipwreck on the shoals outside the harbor, sinking short of our eternal destination.
(Lord) Let us not turn away from the discouragements, losing courage or faith. These hazardous markers are to be signs of our progress as we sail on with confidence in our faithful God and Your eternal destination for us.
(Lord) You have told us of these hazards in advance. In Your love for Your followers You have shown the Light of truth on our path, about the hazards as well as the good destination, that we might not stumble and that if we do stumble we can rise up as the righteous man does, his confidence being in the grace and righteousness of his loving, faithful, heavenly Father. Amen.
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