Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Warning to the Nations - July 5, 2015

Psalm 2( New International Reader's Version)
Why do the nations plan evil together?
    Why do they make useless plans?
The kings of the earth rise up against the Lord.
    The rulers of the earth join together against his anointed king.
“Let us break free from their chains,” they say.
    “Let us throw off their ropes.”
The God who sits on his throne in heaven laughs.
    The Lord makes fun of those rulers and their plans.
When he is angry, he warns them.
    When his anger blazes out, he terrifies them.

He says to them,
    “I have placed my king on my holy mountain of Zion.”
I will announce what the Lord has promised.
He said to me, “You are my son.
    Today I have become your father.

Ask me, and I will give the nations to you.
    All nations on earth will belong to you.
You will break them with an iron scepter.
    You will smash them to pieces like clay pots.”
10 Kings, be wise!
    Rulers of the earth, be warned!
11 Serve the Lord and have respect for him.
    Celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Obey the Son completely, or he will be angry.
    Your way of life will lead to your death.
His anger can blaze out at any moment.
    Blessed are all those who go to him for safety.
The Psalm above contains a prophetic warning to all nations that reject God and His "anointed one", His Son, Jesus Christ. Written hundreds of years before the time of Jesus, you can easily see the warning that God is giving. In today's world, the seeds of our own destruction have already been sown. The world's pursuit of riches, power and lust, and its rejection of God has set itself up for judgment.
As we leave this 239th Independence Day weekend, and in light of what has happened in our own Nation over the last several months, it would be wise for all of us to be mindful of God's warning to the nations that decide to turn their backs on Him. It is time for our Nation to turn back to God and follow His ways and His precepts,  or we too will reap the bitter and harsh fruit of our disobedience.
If you call yourself a true follower of Jesus Christ, it is time for you as well, to repent and get your life lined up with God's word. It is time to return to Him and submit yourself to the living Savior. You must be ready yourself to weather the "coming storm", and seek Him first in all things. In doing so, He will be "your ever present guide and help in times of trouble".

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