Day 240 – Open the Gates
On: June 28, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19:40-44
Jesus’s words are sobering. The people of His day had had the opportunity to respond to their Saviour and consequently know peace with God. Yet they had chosen not to recognise Him and are told that, instead of peace, they would experience destruction at the hands of their human enemies. This prophecy became reality just 40 years later.
This is not given as an imperious edict from on high, though; Jesus wept over Jerusalem, addressing the people as “you, even you”. They were special to Him and their city had been the home of the temple for hundreds of years. But Jesus knew they would reject Him (just a few days later, they were calling out “crucify him”). Their lack of openness to the new covenant He was ushering in, closed the door to the offer of life that was before them. They were made blind by their own choice and the truth became hidden from them.
This is what has happened in my own country, 21st century Britain. Rejection of the country’s historic faith and growing material prosperity have blinded the majority to the spiritual plight of the nation. Breakdown of family, loneliness, alcoholism, obesity, a growing divide between the haves and the have nots … are just some of the painful, but unsurprising consequences of a nation turning it’s back on God. And most cannot see the connection, indeed many rail at the relevance of faith and church.
Father God, stir up in my heart a passion for my country; a desire to see its people return to You. Forgive me for indifference and inaction. I fall on my knees before You. Change this nation; save this nation; turn this nation back to You. Amen.