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Devotions > From Where Do Our Blessings Come

19 Apr 2010

We know not from whence our blessings come.  We remember not that we have been blessed by the Lord.

Psalms 33:12
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

We have received blessings that have been stored up in heaven by the Lord resulting to some degree from those in our past who have been faithful to trust and honor the God of heaven.    Much like our Nation, even as God blessed Solomon, he turned away from God.   God apparently blessed him in part because of His love for his father David.   But when Solomon passed from this life, God’s blessing upon his Nation began to rapidly dissipate.   Solomon imported wives, and his wives brought their gods.  Solomon encouraged idol worship by building temples to these false gods, and the people of Israel follow in Solomon’s footsteps and began to worship idols.   The divided Nation no longer was a nation whose God was the Lord.  They no longer rested under the blessings of the God of heaven.  Israel first, and later Judah, came under the curse of God.   

In 1863 our Nation was in the midst of the great Civil War.  Our President, Abraham Lincoln, declared a “Proclamation of a National Fast Day” March 30th of that year:

Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

    ……. We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.                                                                                                                              

         It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

God said to Solomon:  If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.   God is saying this in His Word to us today.   Church: Humble yourselves!  Pray!   Seek My face!   Turn from your wicked ways!      Men and women of these United States, it behooves us to humble ourselves before our offended God and pray and seek His face and repent of our sins and cry out for His forgiveness.  Will you join us in this?

Jeff Williams