For those of us who've been around awhile, you may recall a TV commercial by some airline travel agency beckoning you to, "Come back to Jamaica," in a song. " What's old is what's new," it said. It was a pitch to convince you to revisit the past in a new and exciting way.
It cited familiar places, vibrant and teeming with life. It played on your senses and compelled you to take part in reviving an ancient lure for things of the past. The sights and sounds, the tastes and smells. Waterfalls and coconuts. Palm trees and pristine beaches with almond white sand and turquoise blue waters.
It was there that history blended with passion, where dark grey Spanish forts with their bastions and ramparts manned with canons faced out towards galleons adrift on the sea, white sails unfurled and harnessing the power of fierce summer gales. Just a step back into yesterday and time itself stood still. Oh, to go back and see it all again, it preyed on your conscience.
How cleverly deceitful, yet brilliantly deliberate. You were sold in a heartbeat. Indeed it was time for a vacation. The sun and the fun, ahh yes.
With the way things are these days, we could all use a good vacation. But let's recall for a moment a time in ancient Israel, when kicking back was about the farthest thing from happening since the exodus from Egypt.
In the book of Nehemiah, a prayerful leader of God's people wins the favor of King Artaxerxes as his cupbearer. Because of Nehemiah's repentant prayer, God softens the heart of the Babylonian King who grants him a request to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
During this undertaking, Nehemiah faces continuous threats and taunting from his opposition, as well as corruption and doubt within his own ranks, which nearly jeopardizes the efforts he is overseeing to complete this task for the Lord. Only with tools in one hand, and weapons in the other do Nehemiah and his beleaguered Israelite comrades finish the undertaking. Through prayer and constant vigil, the rebuilding is completed.
It's a comeback story and who doesn't have a heart for that?
Israel was God's chosen people. They rose to greatness, but as time would tell, turning their backs on God would ultimately cause a downfall not only for their great kingdom, but would threaten the very existence of the Jewish race as well. Had it not been for God's great compassion and mercy, their name might very well have been erased from history.
It is here that I draw a correlation between the rise and fall of the nation of Israel and the looming fate of our very own United States of America.
From humble beginnings, we began as one nation under God. We grew to greatness by His blessings and protective hand, much the same as Israel. A people not His own, who by His divine providence became His own. And yet, it could be argued that through moral degradation and ungodliness, our wandering nation is seemingly falling from grace. Our downward spiral continues to descend on a daily basis, as our broken moral compass sets us hopelessly adrift.
How long will it be before the rise and fall of the American Nation might be written in the epilogues of history?
Is there still time to turn it all around and wake up from this bad dream?
I believe there is a voice calling us back. Like John the Baptist, a voice of one calling in the desert, "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God's salvation." Luke 3:4-6
The choice is ours. We can choose life in Christ, our sure salvation or we can continue the route of destruction. We can build up the walls of Jerusalem or we can fall flat on our face and be trampled by the enemy, Satan.
God has a plan. He doesn't need us to fulfill it. We need Him, more than we can ever truly imagine. He is patient and long suffering, compassionate and understanding. He is watching to see the choices that we make. Remember, He is infinite. We however, are but a vapor.
So I urge you to seek Him while He may be found. Seek first His kingdom and all else will follow.
Can you hear Him calling? He's calling us back.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. Ecc 3:15
Nations have come and gone since the dawn of time, but God has remained the same. Greater races than we have risen and fallen.
What's old is what's new? Interesting concept. Ironic, isn't it?
One thing is for sure; there really is nothing new under the sun.
We are here for now, and there is no time like now to call on the Lord. He will be the difference whether we continue to flourish as a nation or not. He leaves it up to us to stand up for our faith in Him and be counted, so choose ye this day whom ye shall serve!
As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.
Amen. By johnnie tee
2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.