Hard Lessons

The dog really loved chasing and killing chickens, when he could get hold of them. He loved laying there watching them, literally drooling over them. I couldn't talk him out of it. I set up an electric fence. His first (and last) interaction with it was taking hold of one of the insulators to chew on it. He got lit up pretty good...inside the mouth. He hasn’t gone near the chickens since then.

I was thinking how God tries to warn us away from sin. He can tell us over and over. He warns us so much. But eventually He has to give us hard lessons to make us listen.

The hard lesson in my life was really really bad. I fooled around so much. My indiscretions eventually led to the one I loved most being really hurt by my actions. Had I been living God’s way, it would have never happened. But it lead to me being unblinded, and repenting and coming to Christ.

Now our nation is in serious danger. The economic situation is on the brink of disaster. I think God is about to give this nation a hard lesson. We have been given so much by God here. People came to this place for freedom, and we have had it so good. We are really blessed with this place. Even now at the brink of disaster, I look around and see the incredible abundance all around me. Everywhere it is teeming with life, the life that God created!

But our nation stopped being grateful to God for his wonderful gifts. We started wallowing in every kind of sin and being prideful about it. The church has become lukewarm and followed its own ways rather than God’s ways: the Laodicean Church described in the Book of Revelation.
God’s chosen people, the Israelited, also went astray many times, and refused to repent. God stirred up nations to attack them and sent them off into exile, into slavery. If God punished His chosen, beloved people, the Jews, why would He not punish us also?

We have been given many warnings. When Ninevah was warned by Jonah that destruction was coming, they repented.

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Notice that the repentance started with the people. We can fast and pray and ask God to not bring the destruction He has decreed for us. Please join me in fasting and praying for our nation.