Words from the Heart for Thursday October 19th, 2017
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 14:34 (KJV)
Righteousness Exalts a Nation
This truth rings out to us today! It is not just a principle that worked in history. It applies in every way to our nation in our times. The followers of the Lord are set to be examples of this truth. And, we are called upon to pray for our nation that righteous voices will be heard and godly principles will be chosen by those in authority. Make that your prayer request today!
Back in 2012, Olivier de Schutter, a United Nations right-to-food envoy, visited some of Canada’s poorest communities and neighbourhoods. He discovered that there are some 900,000 homes in our country, and up to 2.5 million people, that are food insecure. His comments at the end of his 11 day trip were brutally honest. He said, “The problems are very significant and, frankly, this sort of self-righteousness about the situation being good in Canada is not corresponding to what I saw on the ground, not at all.”
The Bible teaches us that when a nation acknowledges God, it will prosper. When it does not, it will falter. King Solomon, ruler of the nation of Israel, and the wisest human king to ever reign, wrote this in Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” I love how it is paraphrased in The Message: “God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.” No matter how hard a person tries to be righteous, it is impossible outside of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that all our good works are as useless as a pile of oily rags. It is only when we seek God’s forgiveness and put our faith in Jesus Christ that His righteousness becomes ours and we become His sons and daughters. When a nation acknowledges this, when its citizens recognize this and by His power live lives that honour Him, will a nation be strong. We who love the Lord Jesus need to be praying every day for our nation, and for the salvation of those who do not yet acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. Because God-devotion makes a country strong.
These have been words from the heart.