prayerWe’ve had it good for a long time now! Since the stock market crash of 1929, the ensuing depression and World War II, the lives of Americans have been, generous and plenty. We’ve been recipients of both national wealth and peace. Although we’ve had a few minor skirmishes, the loss of lives due to war since World War II have been less than 10% of the 600,000 killed in the Civil War, and most of those came from the conflict in Vietnam.  The GNP (Gross National Product) has, even despite recent out of control spending, grown steadily since the end of WW ll. Since that great conflict, the second and third generations of Americans have no idea what it is to be in want of food or deprived of a home because of war.  We live in what shall surely be described years from now as the age of the Pax Americana.

However, we have forgotten from whence come our blessings. There are scores of statistics that bear the truth of our infidelity from God and our lurid affair with the wicked world.  Sex is the tool to sell everything, including hamburgers.  Fornication flourishes in the name of tolerance and for fear of being labeled a bigot.  Legalization of illicit drugs expands instead of fighting the thugs and drug lords who enslave us. Citizens capitulate to misfits and criminals on our city streets, which slowly leads us on the road to anarchy.  Young women parade themselves as prostitutes, even taking pictures of themselves in little or no clothing, posting them to Facebook or Instagram. When they are violently raped on college campuses, we wonder how this could be. We make alliances with foreign nations, who shout “Death to America”, and burn our flag. Religious leaders reject truth in order to fill their pews. Yet every night, across America, bars are packed, internet porn sites are  visited, lurid shows of sex and violence are turned on and our nation grows further and further away from Him who blessed us with all that we have.

This phenomenon is not new, and as often as it has been visited upon other nations, you would think that a “civilized” and educated public such as ours, could and would get it!  One such example is that of the Israelites under the reign of King Asa.  Three short chapters in 2 Chronicles record  Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.  He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim   and commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment. Quickly, the history shows that Asa was good and he led the people in the way of goodness. With time opposition from the Ethiopians came against the children of Israel. They brought an invading force of 1,000,000 men and 300 chariots.  Asa prayed to God for deliverance, and God answered with a total annihilation of the Ethiopians. In chapter fifteen, God continues to tell us of Asa’s good reign and his renewed promises to God. 2Ch 15:12-13  And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul.. And so it was36 years of peace and prosperity for the children of Israel. Then in the 36th year of King Asa’s reign, he did something foolish!  He relied on his power and that of a foreign power, Syria, to ally against his brothers of the Northern tribes. 2Ch 16:8-9  … Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand.   For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him…

                The last five years of Asa’s reign are sad and his reign ends with him dying from a malady of his feet. 2Ch 16:12  …Yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but sought help from physicians.

            Before the calamity at  the end of Asa’s reign, God warned him in 2Ch 15:2  … “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

                We must prevail upon our neighbors to seek God!

Darryl Fuller