About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Isaiah 3 describes
what a nation suffering under God's judgment can expect to experience.
Verses 4 and 5 provide a couple of examples.
"I (God) will make mere youths their officials; children will
rule over them. People will
oppose each other - man against man, neighbour against neighbour.
The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the
honoured" (NIV © 2011).
Just last week, on
June 14, 2017, a 66 year old man shot and attempted to kill a number of
U.S. congressmen while they were practicing for a charity baseball game in
a Washington D.C. suburb. You
might say, as Isaiah did, "the nobody against the honoured."
While commenting on
this tragedy I could hardly believe my ears when another congressman said
that such violence is not American, but it is American.
Statistics show that on average 93 people in America
are murdered every day by a gun. Over
the last 9 years there has been one mass murder (4 or more killed) every
day in the United States. From my perspective as one
multiple news sources, violence in America, including politically motivated violence, has increased in recent
months. As the divide between
the political right and political left grows angrier, as we saw in the
2016 election campaign, violence is becoming routine.
Childish leadership that Isaiah says accompanies God's judgment is
doing little to slow the pace of this cultural chaos.
In Luke 11:17 Jesus
said that a divided nation will fall in ruins.
That doesn't have to be. God
gives a nation ample time to repent. If
it doesn't repent, He decrees judgment, and, once He does, He does not
change His mind. I can't say
for certain that
God's judgment on a
nation often has a two-fold purpose. It
brings the offending nation down and in the process it purifies God's
people, and in our case that's the church.
The process of purification occurs when the anti-Christ nation
under judgment persecutes God's people as is now beginning to happen in
In Luke 21:36 Jesus
told us to watch and pray for signs that point to the end of this age.
As we watch for these signs we pray about how we should respond.
We also secure our supportive relationships with Jesus and those to
whom He has joined us in the Body of Christ.
Beyond that we devour every word that proceeds out of the mouth of
God (Matthew 4:4) as seen in the Bible.
We will not survive without this nourishment.
God's judgment is
not a popular topic of discussion in some Christian circles but it's a
Biblical reality. One way to
recognize a nation under judgment as seen in Isaiah 3 is when childish
leaders lead a divided nation. If
I were you, I'd take Isaiah 3 seriously so that you are caught unaware when
judgment falls on your nation.