"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up." Hosea 8:7
Our nation is facing great calamity. Our religious freedoms are being taken away. Laws are being passed that take away our freedoms and put us in bondage. There Is much confusion. It is, for the most part, in a mess. We definitely have a problem. Some say our problem is the government. Some say it is the president. Some say it is the Republicans/Democrats. Some say it is our school system. Some say it is the media. There is a whole list of reasons that people give as "the problem". Yes, they are a problem, but these things are not "the problem". They are the consequence of the real problem. The real problem that this nation has is we have turned our back on God. We have forsaken Him. We have shut Him out of our society. We are serving our own false gods. And we are shaking a fist of rebellion in His face.
The whirlwind (in the scripture above) was not the problem-- although it was a problem; it was the consequence. Their problem was they sinned against God's covenant and laws, set up their own kings and replaced God with their own idols that they worshipped.
Israel's problem was not their wicked kings-- although they were a problem; that was their consequence. Their problem was rejecting God as their King.
The wilderness was not Israel's problem-- although it was a problem; that was their consequence. Their problem was unbelief in God's word and promise.
Any time you remove God, any time you turn from Him, any time you break His commandments, any time you refuse to believe His word and follow it, it brings a consequence-- whether it is in a nation, a corporation, a family or in our own individual lives. So often, what we see as "the problem", is really the "consequence" of a greater problem.
Have a great day. Our real problem is not always the problem at hand. The problem at hand is more likely the consequence of a greater problem.
For further reading:
1 Samuel 8
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