Friday, January 27, 2017

What Makes a Nation Great?

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The LORD says: Don't brag about your wisdom or strength or wealth.  If you feel you must brag, then have enough sense to brag about worshiping me, the LORD. What I like best is showing kindness, justice, and mercy to everyone on earth.  Someday I will punish the nations of Egypt, Edom, Ammon, and Moab, and the tribes of the desert. The men of these nations are circumcised, but they don't worship me. And it's the same with you people of Judah. Your bodies are circumcised, but your hearts are unchanged.

Jeremiah 9: 23 - 26

What makes a nation, any nation great?  Is it wisdom?  Is the nation whose people have the most education the greatest?  What about military strength?  Is the greatest nation the one that has the most nuclear bombs and the biggest armed forces?  Is it money?  If you are the wealthiest nation on earth are you by default the greatest?  The answer to those questions is that wisdom, strength and wealth, in and of themselves do not make a nation great!  A great nation may have those things, but they are not the essence of the nation’s greatness.

A truly great nation is one that worships the Lord, God and shows kindness, justice and mercy to everyone on earth!   A nation with many religions cannot please God.  As Joshua told the people of Israel, “Choose this day who you will serve!”  If you are a nation “under God” then serve and worship Him.  If your choice is other than God Almighty, you can look to other gods for help and blessings.

“Lord Jesus, I pray that You will give me the courage to worship only You!  And Lord help me to show kindness, justice and mercy to everyone on earth.  May You, Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”  

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