The scripture for today, November 18 (11/18), is Deuteronomy 11:18f as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you. Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
Sometimes the country you live in goes through very bad times. You pray for the bad times to end, but they do not. What is going on? The above warning was to the Israelites just before they entered their promised land. God had just said through Moses, “Don’t worship idols”.
Perhaps your country is going through bad times because of idol worship ~ probably not like the hand-made idols of ancient times, but idols of money and power and lack of morality and ethics.
You may feel all alone in trying to get the people you know to do better. They may laugh at you, scorn you, fire you from you’re your job. There have been times in the Bible when a good man prayed, “God, I am the only one left who worships you.” God would reply there were a few others trying to do right also. But he never replied he was going to stop the punishing. The country hadn’t turned back to God yet.
Therefore, when you are suffering unjustly for what a majority of your countrymen are doing, you must bear it bravely. And while you wait it out, continue to remind yourself, your family, your neighbors, your countrymen of the righteous ways they should be acting.
In bad times, this is your assignment. Be brave and spread the news. Keep reminding and being as patient with them as God is with you. Perhaps someday in your lifetime, they will listen.
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