After a day of deep prayer for our nation, asking God to protect it, I went to sleep and had a flash dream. It was nothing but two words written in white on a grey background. The words were: “LIMITATIONS” and “RESTRICTIONS”. I knew this meant that some of our freedoms will be removed starting this year still.
Thoughts: Because of growing internal problems in America, some of our freedoms will be permanently taken away under the guise of safety, peace and security. We already had a taste of that when after being imposed curfews because of COVID-19, we experienced 25 American cities including mine, imposing up to week-long curfews, but no longer to keep the city safe from the virus, but now stopping an entire city from freely transiting in order to avoid protests from happening. As much as we want to really believe 2020 is going to get better, it will only get worse, unfortunately. We will even see a shaking in the Court System, terrorist attacks and more biological attacks. I also believe (this is a personal belief) that Trump will be re-elected, causing more uprisings. I know it’s not what you want to hear but it’s time to leave our mental Wonderland, man up and gear up.
These seasons of catastrophes happen for a reason. It’s to reveal that, when a nation relies on self for government instead of seeking God for direction, especially nations who were loyal to God and God made them flourish, it loses direction and it eventually brings destruction upon itself because once we ask God to no longer be a part of our decisions as a nation, his hand of protection is removed accordingly. The more you remove God’s influence from a nation who used to be loyal to Him, his protection is removed. His relationship with us is like the one between a husband and wife. It’s a deep covenant of commitment and partnership. Breaking that is like committing an adultery that leads to divorce. And when there’s divorce, someone leaves the house permanently. You push God out of the house, he leaves. It’s also like the one between a father and a son: the son listens and follows the directions of the father, who knows more than him, and the father commits to protect, provide and nourish the son. You can’t have just half of God, “Oh let me get God’s protection but I don’t want him telling me how to live my life”. That’s using someone, taking advantage of them. You either want God in full or you get nothing at all. He looks for people who want His friendship, his counsel, his relationship, not just what He can do for you to get you ahead or afloat. God is not to be played with. And because of his mercy, even knowing that we use him to our own advantage, He still chooses to bless us in many occasions. Just having the sun and oxygen to be alive is mercy extended to us from God already. But he’s no fool. God is love but God is also just.
This is a time to search yourself and pay attention to God’s direction, whether we feel inconvenienced by it or not. These catastrophes we’re going through as a nation is God trying to grab our attention. Yes, God does bring catastrophes – rather he gives his OK for them to happen but it does not come from his hands – as much as you really want to believe God is nothing but “lovey-dovey”. True love disciplines for the ultimate well-being of the person loved.
“…Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” – Hebrews 12:6
“I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.” – Isaiah 45:7
But catastrophe is brought with the goal of humbling down, not for the sake and pleasure of hurting humanity. After all, humans tend to only learn and appreciate things when losing something.
“Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?‘” – Ezekiel 33:11
“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” – Ezekiel 18:23
However, humans are stubborn. Warning after warning comes, and we still say, “Meh” or say, “Yeah, I gotta do something about it” and then do nothing about it. He needs to humble us down as a nation by making us realize we can’t save ourselves and it’s better to follow God’s inconvenient directions with hassles along the way then to have the journey easy and suffer the harsh, permanent consequences of self-government in the end. We’ve been prideful and self reliant for too long now. Demise always comes from that, but if we repent, turn from our sinful ways and turn to Jesus for Lordship and protection as a nation like we once did, God will heal the land.
“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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14