GOD’S STANDARDS of BLESSING a NATION
July 3 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 13-15
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Prov. 14:34)
About 3,000 years ago, King Solomon penned these profound words that holds true even today. This is God’s law stated as clearly as possible: “Righteousness exalts a nation.” What is righteousness? God has answered this through His Word: "All Your commandments are righteousness" (Psalm 119:172). When we keep aside the commandments of God – the divine standard that God has laid for us - we have no basis to even know what is right and what is wrong. “Sin is a reproach to any people.” What is sin? Again, the Bible defines it: "Sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4). In other words, sin is lawlessness, or the breaking of God’s law.
The United States of America is celebrating Independence Day tomorrow to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, that declared its independence from Great Britain. This is a good time to ponder and pray for our nation. Let us understand that God has established the government authorities and laws to insure that society could function in order. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1). Our country is in grave danger after having removed the ancient landmarks (Prov 22:29) and having veered away from the godly foundations like prayer, word of God, sanctity of marriage between a man and woman, right of life for the unborn, etc, etc.
What should we do as God’s children who are seeing the crumbling of God’s standards? We need to stay true to God’s standard of Righteousness—the Word of God - we need to rely upon the source of righteousness: the Lord Jesus Christ - we need to elect leaders who uphold these godly standards.
All those who believe in God and in His eternal principles are to stand out like lighthouses on a darkened coast. This is the time when Christian example is a most precious commodity. May we let our lights shine in such a way that others may see the beauty and appeal of true Christian living! May we live like Christians and make known in every legitimate way God’s message for our faltering world! May we also spend much time in prayer for those whose lives are troubled - whose hearts have never been touched by the gospel!