Read 2 Chronicles 28
Focus on verse 5 & 19
The actions of leaders of nations have a direct affect upon the people they lead. One need only consider the plight of the people of North Korea in comparison to those who live in South Korea. The nation of Judah was blessed under the rule of Jotham so long as he ordered his ways before the Lord, yet under the reign of his son King Ahaz the people experience repeated invasion and many are killed or carried off in captivity. Why the difference? “For the Lord humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had made Judah act sinfully and had been very unfaithful to the Lord.” Apparently the actions of the king influenced the actions of the people, and because they were not ordering their ways before the Lord the whole nation began to suffer the consequences of their actions.
It should be noted that there were still people in Israel who feared the Lord enough to convince the mighty men of Israel who had pillaged Judah and taken captives, to send the captives back in fear of the consequences.
There was a time not too long ago when the leaders of America made more of an attempt to order their ways before the Lord. In the past few decades there seem to have been some who have, like Ahaz did, “not done what is right in the eyes of the Lord”. Most recently America voted for change, and change is what we have been getting. This change continues to move us further and further from the biblical principles upon which the nation was founded. It seems also that as we move further from God, more and more people begin to suffer. Racial tension is higher than it has been in years. The threat of terrorist activity within our borders continues to grow. The economy continues to stall despite efforts to end the recession. Why is this happening? Could it be that it is the consequence of abandoning the faith of our fathers?
In tomorrows reading we will be introduced to Hezekiah, who leads Judah back to the worship of the Lord, and not surprisingly the nation begins to prosper once again. It astounds me that despite the clear historical correlation between obedience to God and prosperity, so many of us refuse to acknowledge it and continue to pursue “other gods”. Perhaps we need to pray that the Lord will send America a “Hezekiah” to lead us back to prosperity and strength as we repent and learn once again to walk in fear and honor of the only God who saves.