"God bless America!" echoed from the mouths of many people on the TV. It was wonderful to see people recognize God and understand that God can bless our land. "God bless America" is a phrase that could not exist if people of earlier times had been atheists. I don't want people to stop speaking that phrase. I want people to say the name of God as often as possible and to promote His name, so His likeness won't be erased from the minds of future generations (Exodus 5:2, Jeremiah 3:20-21, Deuteronomy 4:9).
But there are some points I would like to show you from the Bible that will help us to better understand how God blesses. In the book of Deuteronomy 28 we learn what the Israelites had to do in order to receive God's blessings. Blessings don't come without a price. Israel had to obey the Lord, and so must we. God is not stupid to allow men to get blessings and then in return violate His commands. We can say "God bless America" all we want, but if we shun God's laws, God will not bless America. We as a nation cannot be haters of the things of God—hating to go to church, hating Bible study, hating prayer, getting offended at people who are teaching the Bible, etc., and then expect God to do good for us while we do evil to His cause. The Bible teaches that a nation is brought to greatness not by its sure-fire economic plans of its government officials, but by righteousness (Proverbs 14:34, Psalms 33:12, Prov. 11:11). Let us as a nation seek God's will and obey, so the blessings will continue to flow from God's mighty hand.
Hope to hear from you or to see you at the services.