A shocking thing is coming.

Scripture:
 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel. I am going to carry out all my threats against Eli and his family, from beginning to end. I have warned him that judgment is coming upon his family forever, because his sons are blaspheming God and he hasn’t disciplined them. – 1 Samuel 3:11-13

Observation:
Samuel, now a young lad, served God at the tent of meeting in Shiloh. Eli was high priest, and his sons were scoundrels, who disregarded their positions as priest and had complete contempt for the Lord and his ordinances. The Lord gave a message to Samuel about how he was going to carry out the prophecy he’d spoken against the family of Eli. They would be separated from their people forever.

Application:
If we look at the words of the LORD to Samuel, we notice that he says, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel…I am going to carry out all my threats against [them]…I have warned [them] that judgment is coming…” America has long blasphemed God and become rebellious against his provision and blessing that this nation has enjoyed for the past 200+ years. It is a sad day that approaches our once-great nation. Why? Because the Lord spoke long ago about any nation that forgets the LORD, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” The psalmist also wrote, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” However, we as a nation have long turned our backs on God. How can we say we are a Christian nation when we slaughter millions of the innocents annually, promote greed and lust as morals, and deny God at every turn: no prayer in schools, happy holidays instead of CHRISTmas, and hosts of other attempts to remove God from the very fabric that made this country. A shocking thing is truly coming to this nation. No nation can expect to continue in the blessings of God when it has forsaken him to the uttermost. Beware of the coming perils; pray up and be prepared for suffering for your faith.

Prayer:
Father, many have laughed and scoffed at the word you’ve shared through the prophets over the millenia, centuries, decades, years, months, weeks, and days. There is a price to be paid any and all who rebel against you, especially a nation as a whole. If you didn’t spare your own inheritance Israel, how much more will the Gentile nations pay for their wicked rebellion against you? Oh that your people would wake up and listen to the admonishment you’ve spoken against this nation, and any nation, which rebels against you. I am grateful for your mercy and grace and will trust in you to provide for me and protect me in the coming months. I don’t fear the devastation coming to America. She lulls herself to sleep each night with the false “recovery” that appears on the horizon. The bubble popped a few years ago, but the real deflation has yet to come and be fully felt by her people. Lord, may you be praised among the nations. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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