Our Ezekiel passage makes it very clear that it is God who causes nations to rise and fall, and to put our hope in a nation instead of in God, is foolish.
It is ours to be Christians first and last, Americans only in a minor way; it is ours to be subject to the King of Kings, to be obedient citizens only secondly. It is ours to eschew any confidence in our wicked nation and to put our hope in God alone.
John 15:2b every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.Pruning is always a painful experience, and yet it is also (unfortunately, from our human perspective) the most efficient and successful way of producing quality growth. We need to be sure that we are becoming Biblically well-rooted in the good or easy times of life, so that we will have a solid foundation on which to rely during the storms of life.
John 16a You did not choose me, but I chose youGod chose us. We were spiritually dead, unable to save ourselves, and He chose us and transformed us through the power of the Holy Spirit and belief in salvation through Jesus alone.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Ezekiel 33-34; John 16