Forgiveness for a Nation

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This is a follow-up from my previous post about Jonah. He gets swallowed by a big fish for over 3 days for not going to Nineveh like God told him to do. During this time, he repented to God for not following Him. God allows the big fish to spit Jonah out onto dry ground.

Jonah heads to Nineveh to tell what God is planning to do to their country. (He’s planning to overturn it.) Nineveh in return repented of their wickedness.

Jonah 2:10 (NIV)

“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.”

Thinking of Nineveh made me consider two things: our country and
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

“If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Our country needs to repent. We were originally founded upon “In God We Trust.” However, by the standards of many, one would not think we are trusting upon God, our Creator. Our society is in a “me” (selfish) mentality and not thinking and doing what is true in God’s Word. Our culture has begun to allow things in our lives because it is best for “me.”

The only way we will see revival come to our country is for us to pray for it. A Sunday school teacher in our church recently said, “If we as Christians do not pray repentance for our nation, no one else will.” That has stuck with me since I heard it. Even if we have repented of our own sins, we still need to repent for our country. Just maybe as the people of Nineveh thought, just maybe, God will look toward us and poor out His blessings upon us.

Jonah 2: 8b-9 (NIV)

“…Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

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