Here is what we are encouraging ourselves with today:
Sinful humanity and a deeply compromised Church must own their wrongs as the reason the glory lifted from our land long ago and has not yet returned. We share in Jesus sufferings when we â€œownâ€ our countryâ€™s irresponsibility as if it were our own and bear the grief of iniquity before the Lord, asking for forgiveness for our land.
Let us wake up and realize that God does not owe us a single thing more. In Christ, He has given us everything for life and godliness. Why do we (Americansâ€”especially) feel entitled and complain when God calls us to endure hardship? When He squeezes us, provoking us to trust Him more? Some days we act like He owes us a different life than the one we have been dealt.
A grateful, forgiving, faithful heart, in the midst of intense squeezing, moves Godâ€™s heart because it reveals His Divine nature within usâ€”that we are getting the point of all this squeezing; that we have learned to respond as Jesus did in His hour of great need, â€œnot My will but Yours be done.â€ God does not treat us in America as our piled-up sins deserve. He is good and His love endures forever. Great is His faithfulness. Give Jesus your all today. Run the race set before you. Don’t stop short of the finish line.
Donâ€™t hold back in this critical hour. Yield into Him and continue waiting on Him with a grateful, faith-full heart. Press into Jesus who loves you with His all! He who has promised is faithful. He will complete the good work He started.
2Â You have shaken the land and torn it open;
Â Â Â Â mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
3Â You have shown your people desperate times;
Â Â Â Â you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
4Â But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner
Â Â Â Â to be unfurled against the bow.