When God Judges Nations – Part 2
DG Blog #24
There are multiple accounts throughout history of nations that rose and fell under God’s blessing and judgment. God cannot and will not turn his back on injustice because he is just and righteous in all his ways. Therefore, he must judge nations for their rebellion and the atrocities they commit against the innocent. Look at how Isaiah expressed God’s heart on this matter:
“For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stock and the store, the whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water; the mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder; the captain of fifty and the honorable man, the counselor and the skillful artisan, and the expert enchanter.
I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. The people will be oppressed, every one by another and every one by his neighbor; the child will be insolent toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable.
When a man takes hold of his brother, in the house of his father, saying, ‘You have clothing; you be our ruler, and let these ruins be under your power,’ in that day he will protest, saying, ‘I cannot cure your ills, for in my house is neither food nor clothing; do not make me a ruler of the people.’
For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.
Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.
The Lord stands up to plead, and stands to judge the people. The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders of His people and His princes: ‘For you have eaten up the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.’ ”
–Isaiah 3:1-14 (NKJV)
Take a moment to note the things in Isaiah’s passage that might apply to our nation and to us who are in the midst of it. If we do right as his disciples, it will be well with us, based on God’s definition of “well.” I believe “well” means if we maintain our focus on Him as our refuge during troublous times. But it’s not going to be well for the wicked people who have forsaken God. This is a hard truth that you and I and the church might face one day, and more importantly, why being a strong disciple is so critical for us to maintain and never stop growing in. Especially if we find ourselves living during the times of the last days when the Antichrist is in full power.
In the Bible and every point of human history, whenever a nation fell beneath the feet of another nation, the righteous suffered through the trouble that the judged nation experienced. Not because God had forsaken his people, which he had not, but his people were left to be lights in the darkness, showing the repentant sinner how to find their way to and/or back to God. Then they must disciple the new converts into a strong foundation to be able to cope with the environment of a nation under God’s hand of discipline.
This is a critical component of being a disciple because we may find ourselves one day in the midst of God’s judgment upon the very nation we live in. God has determined the times and the boundaries of every nation on earth (Acts 17:26-27), which clearly means that he rules in the affairs of men. Judgment may come upon our nation because the window of opportunity for the people to repent has passed us by—even though there may be a remnant of saints among us. When national leaders and the nation’s majority of citizens refuse to heed the warnings of God’s Word, judgment must come. Sometimes it comes in the form of God allowing an ungodly leader and officials to emerge in the midst of the corruption to accelerate his judgment.
If you ever do a study on the historical accounts of “awakenings” and “revivals,” you’ll notice they’re generally preceded by a national crisis. Darkness always precedes the “dawn” of the morning. This of course is unthinkable to a nation like ours that has mostly thrived for generations in an era of peace. But peace is unsustainable where vileness, corruption, and rebellion against God are celebrated and honored among people. When good is called evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20). How I pray for God’s mercy and that it’s not too late for our nation to turn around.
Grace and Peace!