'Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” '
1 Samuel 1:11
The other day, we read The People, The Preachers, and the Politicians, by Pastor Dan Cummins. It was a quick and informative read that re-enforces a point we've made recently. If Americans (or at least Texans) take care of the things God cares about, then He will take care of the things we care about.
The book is a national call to repentance. It focuses on Ancient Israel at the end of the era of Judges. At the time, the nation was weak from internal corruption; as Cummins writes:
The nation was engaged in a war on terror, the moral failure of a politically correct clergy was scandalous, judges were ruling for political and monetary gain, God's presence was absent in the town square and the Ten Commandments...literally gone...SOUND FAMILIAR?!? (18)In the midst of calamity, one woman's prayer (the prophet Samuel's mother Hannah) helped birth a national revival. The prophet Samuel anointed King David, a (mostly) godly man who led Israel to her greatest prosperity.
As a national call to repentance, the book is similar to the Harbinger, though the two books focus on different eras in Israel's history. The similarities between the United States today and Ancient Israel is obvious to anyone who knows the Old Testament. Cummins details the corruption in the people of both societies, our religious leaders, and our civil government in eye opening form. Both societies drifted from their spiritual foundation and both suffered similar consequences. The question is what are going to do about it?!?
The answer is to pray, repent, and get to work doing His business. If we do that, He'll take care of the rest. Heading into this next special session, that means we need to focus on passing pro-life legislation and trust Him to take care of the economy.
America is out of what because our vertical relationship with God is out of whack. Our nation is suffering because we've drifted from God. If we return to Him, He will take care of the rest.