Pray For America

“Why is God judging America so hard with all these natural disasters?” My question is, “Lord, how have You waited so long with Your heart so heavy for us, seeing our idols of money and power and pleasure and outright sin?” Then today I read, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance….The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.” (II Peter 3:9,15) “My Spirit will not strive with man forever.” (Gen 6:3) What does He teach us through these times of hardship and grieving, and how do they draw us closer to Him? >We grieve for those hurting – but we cannot judge – for they affect the righteous and unrighteous. >They clarify our values – our family is worth much more than what we own. >Life is uncertain – it’s like a vapor – we ultimately cannot escape death. >These disasters are merely a preview of the horrific things to come in the Tribulation of all the world. >While there is time, run to God for refuge. Father, we weep for the suffering of those in the hurricanes – the fires – and earthquakes. And yet ironically, we are not grieving as we should for what will cause America’s destruction – our sinful, rebellious heart. You, Father, are longsuffering and gracious and slow to anger – but that will not last forever. May Your hand on our physical America have its greatest effect on America’s heart – before it’s too late. Amen