Once upon a time there was this gracious King who traveled far and wide seeking someone to bless. He finally came across this young damsel. There seemed to be something winsome and wholesome about her. He approached her with this offer, “If you will serve me faithfully, I will bless you far beyond your imagination.”
She asked what he required for his service. He replied, “That you stay true to me. I am a jealous King and require total faithfulness from those who serve me. For that, I will reward you greatly.”
She accepted and entered into his service. He walked with her through many trials and she, in turn, remained true to him. As a result, the king blessed her with beautiful wardrobes, a bountiful food supply, and riches beyond measure.
At times the King sent people in great need her way and she served by sharing and giving guidance according to the King’s wishes. It was a happy time for both of them.
Yet as time went on, the damsel started to look at the young men around her and said, “I’m getting tired of serving this King. I’m tired of all his rules and regulations. I don’t need him. He’s getting old and I am still young. I want to have fun and He keeps reminding me of all these rules. I’m going to do what I want to do!”
So, she started to run around with other men. She started drinking too much and lost her winsomeness. She started eating too much and became fat and lazy. She gambled too much and found that her money was running out and the men she was with would not give her more unless she gave them more—of herself. One day, she found herself all alone, broke, and broken down.
She called out to the King asking him to forgive her and let her serve him again. He agreed upon the stipulation that she gives up her wicked ways and serves him and him only. She agreed and was restored to his gracious favor.
Now in our story, the King is God. The damsel is the United States. We were founded with God’s rules as guidelines and were blest because we followed them. However, we have forgotten the source of all our blessings and have become arrogant thinking we produced this country by ourselves. Some have even gone to the point of trying to erase all memory of the source of our blessings from our history.
Because of this attitude, God is allowing disasters of many kinds. We are being sold out to other countries—literally. Much of our industry and businesses are now owned by outside nations. We are experiencing more physical and financial problems. We are facing more inner strife in the forms of higher crime rates and even higher suicide rates among our teenagers. We have eliminated a whole generation through abortion. How much more broken must we become before we come to our knees and ask God’s forgiveness? And seek His returned blessing?
Like the damsel in our story, let us go to our knees now as a nation, confess our sins of disobedience and pride, and ask God’s forgiveness so that we can be restored as individuals and as a nation for our King truly does want to bless us.
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