Proverbs 29:1-2 – “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” NKJV
There are several messages to be gleaned from this passage but the overriding item I feel prompted to discuss is what I consider a “Warning from God’s Word” for nations. There is generally a personal application in a warning from Scripture to nations and this is no exception.
The, He in this is both national and individual and the warning is incredibly clear. If we are rebuked by the LORD frequently and we reject that warning stiffening or bowing our necks and becoming more arrogant destruction is looming on the horizon. I believe this is a warning not just for past generations but the current state of affairs in the United States of America.
Our first president George Washington identified as the father of our country said in his first inaugural address something that is profound and prophetic. Those who claim that America was not founded on biblical principles must overlook the writings of many of our founders. They sought not to keep religion out of government but government out of religion. They gave us freedom of religion not freedom from religion. One paragraph from our first president contained an impassioned plea and a warning that resonates with my heart today as he declared:
“I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the oeconomy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
The words of Proverbs echo in that statement and America and Americans should heed the tug of the Holy Spirit heeding the warning and responding to the call. The warning that if we reject the chastisement and directives of God by hardening our hearts we will be destroyed completely. If that is a warning to the nation and we continue to thumb our noses at God’s warnings and fail to repent and return to His paths the nation is lost.
The next portion of the passage says that when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice as was the case in our founding when God was recognized and honored America prospered. It goes on to say that when a wicked man rules, the people groan for the destruction of verse one comes into the picture. As President Washington warned, we cannot expect the propitious smiles of Heaven if we disregard God’s Word, Will and Way. When we call evil good and good evil we invite the frown not the smile of heaven and the door to destruction is opened.
Two passages come to mind as I write and both are germane to this discussion:
Romans 1:24 speaking with regard to sexual impurity and especially homosexuality, declares “Therefore God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen”. In verses 26-32 the warning and declaration is more pronounced and we learn of the horde of demonic and destructive activities that come to a people who embrace or practice this wickedness.
2 Chronicles 7:14 which declares, “IF My people who are called by My name will HUMBLE themselves, and PRAY, and SEEK My face, and TURN from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” [Emphasis mine].
We have a warning and a promise of deliverance and the decision is left in our hands. God will extend His grace if we RETURN and will pronounce judgment if we RESIST. The choice is ours. What is the choice you make? It is imperative that we, believers, become intercessors for our nation.
God bless you as you go through this day and my He stir your hearts for righteousness!