Summary: What is the path to blessing for us personally and as a nation? That path is listed in scripture. 1- We must receive God’s correction 2- We must have God’s friendship 3- We must trust God’s wisdom
INTRO.- We prefer blessing over cursing. We prefer to be blessed by God than to be cursed by the devil or by anything that is evil, evil people included. And there are times we wonder about our country. We wonder if God has withdrawn His blessing from America. And we may wonder the same thing about our own lives.
Life’s difficulties make some people wonder, “Where is God?”
ILL.- Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (President from 1901 to 1909) once said, “The times are evil; that is, there is much that is evil in them. It would be to our shame and discredit if we failed to recognize that evil; if we wrapped ourselves in a foolish optimism and failed to war with heart and strength against the evil. It would be equally to our discredit if we declined to strive for good because we feared the strength of evil. There is much evil. There is much good, too.” Amen.
His words go well with the truth of scripture.
Ephesians 5:15-17 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
The days are evil. Why? Because the evil one still exists and lives on planet earth. It’s like the 1972 book by Hal Lindsey, “Satan is alive and well on planet earth.” He is but only because God allows him to be here and do his evil deeds.
Evil exists because the devils exists, but this doesn’t mean we have to contribute to that evil. This is why Paul said, “Be very careful how you live...” Make the most of your time on planet earth and don’t contribute to evil. Live for the Lord. Understand the Lord’s will and do His will.
We who are in Christ should never contribute to the evil in this world or in America! Instead, we should, we must live for Christ in every way and in every area of life: at home, at work, while we’re socializing, vacationing, etc.
I love it whenever I hear people in every day life take a stand for the Lord and speak up for Him. And speaking up for Him is the pathway to personal blessings and for our country.
ILL.- Sir Edmund Burke (an Irish statesman, author, orator, and philosopher who moved to England in the 1700’s) said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Job 1:10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.”
Who is speaking in this text? It’s Satan, the evil one and he recognizes what God has done to bless Job. People take note of those who are blessed by God. Don’t you want God’s blessing on your life and our country as well? Here’s how!
Psalm 72:17 “May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.”