Dad Devotional Day 14
Dad Devotional Day 14
2 Chronicles 10
Diving through the “Bible Belt,” one notices two flags flying in front almost every church. One is the classic Christian white flag with the field of blue and dove on it. The other is the stars and stripes of the USA. Flown at the same height and always with the same amount of reverence. We Americans love the USA because it is the bastion of freedom for world. Our founding fathers were almost all Christians and the right to religious freedom is etched upon our documents. These convictions are good and contribute to our culture, but our nation is not a nation of Christ followers. It is easy to dismiss our need for Him when our nation is strong.
Keep the United States in mind as Solomon’s house of stone is revealed to be built on a foundation of sand following his death. In 2 Chronicle 10–12 Solomon’s son Rehoboam takes over the throne. Disregarding the counsel of his father’s elders, this brash young man tells the leader of his work force “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” (2 Chron. 10:14). The kingdom promptly splits into two separate countries with 10 of the tribes banding together under this ‘union’ leader, while only two tribes remain with the house of David and Jerusalem. In a span of two chapters, the kingdom as they know it falls apart. To make this rapid disintegration even more confusing, God claims this is His plan for the nation! God actually sent a prophet foretelling this actual event in 1 Kings 11:9. The new King Rehoboam makes a tragic political blunder and God claims it as His plan for the nation.
Let’s ask a hypothetical, if God did not split up the nation of Israel would they have turned back to him? They might have had the political strength to hold off Egypt in upcoming battles. They might even have been strong enough for the Babylonians. Their hard work and military power could have protected them from their fateful ending. God takes credit for splitting up the kingdom, because they turned away from Him. If he had not, would they ever turn back to him? Why would they? They would have a plausible argument that they did it all on their own and that God blessed them because they were strong. In short, they would be like all the other powerful countries in the world.
This is what brings us back home to one of the most powerful counties in the world. “God Bless the USA!” I love this phrase as much as the next red-blooded American. Many Christians place Israel a pedestal without really understanding their history. We should at least pause for a moment, and think critically about a nation that God actually does “bless”. Israel is blessed by God and it faces the full brunt of His blessing. God loves the nation of Israel too much to let it turn away from Him. Asking God to bless the USA is tantamount to treason if we mean it like Israel. Before wrapping the flag around the cross, we should think long and hard about what this means to God. When God blesses a country, He does not tolerate that country turning away from Him.