A particular verse of Psalm 32 struck a chord with Anne Graham Lotz on Wednesday. And, in a post on her blog, she explained what it could mean for Americans.
She first shared the Bible verse, and her thoughts about it:
"Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found. Psalm 32:6
"The Psalmist implies that there comes a time when God cannot be found. A time when God hides Himself. A time that I believe may have begun in America.
"Our nation is in a mess. Why? Could it be because America is losing God's blessing? His favor. Could our sin be provoking His judgment? Judgment that is not necessarily in the form of a nuclear dirty bomb, or another ISIS attack, or an economic collapse. But a Romans 1 judgment as God backs out of our national life and turns us over to ourselves."
Lotz then recounted the story of God's judgment against Judah, noting it was a slow process because He gave the people "plenty of opportunity" to repent their sin, turn to Him and escape His judgment. Instead, Judah became even more defiant.
"She insisted on her right to immorality and idolatry," she wrote. "In the end, God became her enemy. He sent in the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem, the temple and the people. Those who were not taken captive were slaughtered in the streets."
She said God warns a nation that judgment is coming because He doesn't want any to perish. But if a nation does not heed His warnings, He unleashes His anger and there is nothing—and no one—who can prevent it.
"If God would judge His own beloved nation of Judah, why would we think America could escape?" she asked. "So... if we are coming under the judgment of God—if He is giving us over to ourselves, removing His blessing, protection and favor—the solution will not be found in politics or the economy or the military or technology.
"The solution will be found on our knees as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God's face and repent of our sin. Then plead for Him to return to us as we return to Him."
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