"If...My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)
Beloved, America is in grave danger. The future of America hangs in the balance, especially with the election of another president of the United States of America and with the election of others at this time. You see, when God-fearing men rule a country, God's blessings are upon that country. But when men turn their back on God, when they live as if He does not exist, then you and I can know this: we are headed for trouble.
Last month, we looked at God's warning to Ezekiel about what would happen if a country sinned against Him by committing unfaithfulness. Has America sinned against God? Has America been unfaithful to God? Oh yes. There was a day when children were safe playing in the streets. I know; I was raised in that day. We didn't even lock our doors. We didn't worry about our children playing in the streets, or fear that someone would take them and hold them captive or molest them. But as a nation, we have changed. Now there's no fear of God before our eyes. We have abandoned the Bible, we have put it behind our back, we have said it is an outdated book and full of myths. We have banned prayer and the Word of God from our schools, and listened to people who do not know the Constitution, and have been led astray. We are in darkness. We have believed a lie and we are about to suffer the consequences as a nation. What does God say will happen to such a nation?
Go with me to Ezekiel, chapter 14, verse 13: "If a country sins against Me by committing unfaithfulness, and I stretch out My hand against it," He says, "[I] destroy its supply of bread, send famine against it and cut off from it both man and beast." So the first thing that you would see is, God stretches out His hand and brings famine. Do you know that food in certain places is scarce? Do you know that the price of rice in 2008 went up to a high that it had never seen before? Why? They were saying there's not enough rice; that we're not going to be able to feed the world.
The second thing we see is the famine will affect both man and beast. There was a time in China when a great famine came. It was a horrible famine, and people were weak and malnourished, but they could not go out of their houses and walk the streets alone because the beasts were so hungry they were coming into the city. Because of their hunger, they were not afraid of the people, and they were killing people. With famine comes a hunger not only among men, but among the beasts. So people would walk together to try and beat off that animal. And then the beasts depopulate the land. Are you thinking, "Oh, God would never do that?" Well I want to ask you a question: What does the Bible say? Who is speaking in verse 12? "Then the word of the LORD came...." Beloved, God is speaking. There are dire consequences for the nation that lives in rebellion, the nation that doesn't recognize God. Ezekiel is a book that shows you the glory of God in His judgment, giving you a correct estimate of who God is so that you're not off in your thinking about Him. But Ezekiel wants to show you that these things happen "according to your ways." God causes them to happen so that you might know that He is the Lord. So throughout the book He's saying "according to your ways" and then He's also saying, "that you might know that I am the Lord."
Finally, let's look at Amos chapter 3. It says in verse 6, "If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people tremble?" It's a trumpet warning of danger. "...If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?" Amos 3:7 and 8 say this: "Surely the Lord...does nothing [in secret] unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets." In other words, it's all written down. You and I don't have to be surprised. We don't have to go "Whoa, what hit me?" because He tells us what is going to hit us. And then He says, "A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?"
So who's behind the calamity? You've seen it here. God's not dead. He's never going to die. He is "El Olam:”" the everlasting God and He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and the judge and the One that is behind wrath. Isaiah 45:7 says, "[I am] the One forming the light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these [things]." (Isaiah 45:7) Just know and remember, Precious One, that if He creates calamity, it's in order to bring deliverance. It's in order to turn you around. It's in order to draw you to Him and to righteousness.
At Precept Ministries International, God has laid it upon our hearts to call the people of the United States of America to prayer on behalf of our nation every Thursday, through the election and the rest of the year to beseech God, that we might experience another great awakening in this country. So many of you have responded to this call for prayer, and are meeting in churches, businesses and homes to pray for God to move, for His Spirit to convict of sin, cleanse the church, and move through society to bring people to Him. If you haven't become part of this grassroots movement, I'm urging you go to our website, "preceptsforlife.com," and there you will find a link to prayer. Just say, "God, what should I do?" The Lord bless you, and God bless America.