A Place for My People
Yesterday, I read a passage from the book of Chronicles that I read as appropriate to pray over my own country. It is a part of God’s blessing for David, both for his future dynasty and the future of the people of Israel; it is a promise specific to Israel, both in a literal geographical sense and in a spiritual sense. However, since any person who is a disciple of Jesus is a part of the people of God, regardless of their ancestry, I believe this promise can be for any country. Today, I wanted to believe it for mine.
This is the segment of God’s declaration to David, regarding Israel’s future as a nation:
“Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously…” (1 Chronicles 16:9)
The United States is not dealing with a time period of land wars, when nations are constantly pushing and pulling at borders — at least not in our hemisphere of the planet. However, deep running anger, injustice, sin and heartache have erupted into displays of both peace and genuine evil and chaos. There is unrest as well as moments of unity.
After reading this passage, I felt like it was God’s desire for all nations that submit to Him. I prayed that the America would recognize her appointed place, and that she would be planted. I prayed that all her people would dwell in peace with one another and no longer be moved by any force, whether within or without. No virus or long-buried pain will move us anymore.
I’m not going to point fingers or name names, but America also faces the threat of great oppression from within her borders and from beyond her shores, from forces that are unknowingly pawns of real wickedness. I prayed that this evil would be rooted out and revealed before everyone for what it is — and that it would lead to change and repentance.
While this promise is geographically for Israel, I believe is for any land that is home to and loved by the people of God. God cares about the destinies of nations. Israel was utterly undeserving of this promise; their ancestors had been mired in idolatry and rebellion since Egypt. Israel’s history before this moment where God speaks to David wasn’t perfect and proper, and neither is our history.
But just as Israel’s history had plenty of victory and righteousness, so does America’s history. It is not worth throwing away to the winds of chance or of dangerous, foolish change. God’s focus was on His Promise, and He responded vibrantly to the faith and godly desires of one leader of a complicated country. If that happened thousands of years ago, it can happen in 2020.
I believe America is and can be a place for His people — and will light the way so that there are many more.