Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; for the Lord speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, but they have revolted against Me. An ox knows its owner, and a donkey its master’s manger, but Israel does not know, My people do not understand. Alas, sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away from Him." Isaiah 1:2-4
How it pains my heart to read these words. Your own children revolted against You. The people You named for Yourself abandoned You. And although You said these words about Your people Israel, You could easily be saying them again today about our country. Lord, I pray for this rebellious nation. It is full of sinful people who are weighed down with iniquity, offspring of evildoers who continually act corruptly. Lord, the people of this nation have abandoned You and have despised Your name and turned away from You.
O Lord, how difficult it is to live in these times among these people. But You are not surprised, or caught off guard. You are still ruling from Your throne. Lord, call these sinners to Yourself! Bring a great revival to this nation that repentance would spread like wildfire and people would be saved. You have promised that it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31). Lord, give courage and strength to those of us who know You, to be a light in this corrupt nation, and to call people to repentance. Help me, Lord, not to turn away from truth but to speak it in love that sinners would be saved.
In Your Name,