Superlatives! (Part 7)
Every man hunts his brother with a net.
That they may successfully do evil with both hands-
The prince asks for gifts,
The judge seeks a bribe,
And the great man utters his evil desire;
So they scheme together.
Micah 7:2-3 (NKJV)
This is the rejoicing city that dwelt securely, that said in her heart, 'I am it, and there is none besides me.' How has she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down!
Zephaniah 2:15 (NKJV)
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power... Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:1-5,7 (NKJV)
America considers itself a superlative nation: the world's super-power, the foundation of freedom. But are we? At the writing of this devotion, our national debt exceeds $17,000,000,000,000. A seventeen trillion dollar debt is not the foundation of freedom.
Our manufacturing jobs have fallen by 40%. One of eight Americans receives food stamps. One of six Americans receives government aid. According to the CDC, nearly half of Americans are on regular prescription drugs. Our top TV shows star idols, killers, liars, philanderers and dead people.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the United States. For the lawless, slave-trading proves safer and more profitable than drugs. The average age of enslavement is 13-14. Other citizens are in voluntary submission to intoxicants, food, materialism, promiscuity or credit cards.
As a nation, do we still think 'I am it'? Christian best-seller, The Harbinger, predicts a painful future based on America's abandonment of God. Has He also abandoned us? Has He removed His hedge of protection? If pride was Lucifer's sin, and he was cast down... what about us?
By clinging to our self-professed superlatives, by considering ourselves the best, strongest, richest, smartest, holiest and most beautiful, is God in the process of showing us how wrong we are?
'The lofty looks of man shall be humbled; The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day' (Isaiah 2:11). 'For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled' (Luke 18:14).
To Be Continued...
* 50 mind-blowing facts about America: http://archive.lewrockwell.com/rep/50-mind-blowing-facts-about-america.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Superlatives! series.