Generations come and go, governments rise and fall, generals win one battle and then lose the next, good times are enjoyed and then disaster sets in while no one was paying attention. People and leaders become so involved in “their particular thing” that they lose sight of the big picture and how nations become estranged from God. They do not hear His voice nor heed His Word and forget what righteousness is about, where it comes from and how it stabilizes a nation.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people,” is an oft quoted and well-known verse. It is mentioned frequently by the clergy and often by government leaders. But, the words fall silently to the ground and nothing changes.
Solomon used the word “exalts” by design. He was aware of the power of that word and understood what it meant to individuals and nations. “If” the people of a nation come together and honor God and “lift” Him up in worship and are obedient to His laws, they will be blest and have His favor and protection and His covenant love.
However, the alternative to a “righteous” nation is one whose sin is destructive, despicable and so dishonors God that it brings indescribable shame and disgrace to its people. In the end, it destroys what God designed.
Prayer: Father, may we take Your warnings seriously, see the ravages and result of sin and repent. Awaken us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.