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Blessings Upon Nations

“The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”Psalm 33:10-12
It seems that God not only sees things from an individual perspective, treating us all as individual souls, but He also views things in terms of whole nations. His actions of blessing and of withholding blessing apply to entire countries, pivoting on their choice of God. Indeed, the treatment of Israel by the Lord in the Old Testament is proof that God will shower forgiveness and blessing on His chosen people, even when they don’t deserve it.
I believe our own United States falls under a special blessing, because of the choices made by our founding fathers. We have long lived under a special blessing of prosperity and grace, which is nearly unrivaled in all of history. But as the Old Testament teaches us, while God may extend grace to His chosen people even when they don’t deserve it, He can also choose to withdraw that blessing for a time, in order to teach us humility and turn our hearts back to Him. How long will the blessing over our nation last, as long as our leaders continue to embrace sin and corruption? God is watching, and He chooses when to bless and when to withdraw.
Pray for our nation, that we might turn back fully to the Lord, and revere Him for His awesomeness.
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