God has a plan for your nation
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|New Testament||Acts 15||Acts 16||Acts 17||Acts 18||Acts 19||Acts 20||Acts 21|
|Old Testament||Isaiah 46-47|
|Isaiah 48-49||Isaiah 50-51|
|Isaiah 52-54||Isaiah 55-57||Isaiah 58-59|
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. Acts 17: 26-27
Right from the very beginning God had a plan. As He created the Heavens and the Earth He knew what would happen, He foresaw their rising and falling, their struggles and wars, their kings and queens, their laws and rebellions and their times of peace, growth, prosperity and joy.
God saw it all ahead of time, and as Acts 17 tells us, He made those nations and chose their places in history and the spaces they would take up.
So that people would seek after Him!
God reveals here that His heart is simply for people to seek after Him, to reach out for Him. His desire is relationship. So much so that He orchestrated NATIONS around that desire!
Always close to each one of us, He eagerly awaits nations to turn to Him.
In reading the Word our response should always be: so, what about me, Lord? What are you showing me? What do you want me to do about this piece of scripture?
As I read Acts 17 this time, God reminded me of one other verse about nations. In Psalm 2:18 He says to ask Him for the nations and He will make them our inheritance.
We can spend so much time focusing on what is immediately in front of us that we forget about the bigger picture, so much time dealing with situations that arise each day that we forget to seek God’s heart, and respond to it. We are so quick to pass comment on the state of politics, the state of the nation and which direction it is headed in, but perhaps not quick enough to instead pray for the nation, for her leaders, for her future.
And maybe to make God’s heart cry for the nations our own.
In Acts 17 we see God’s heart cry, written for all to see: for nations to seek after Him.
Is that my desire too? For my nation to seek after God? To reach out for Him and find Him?
It’s time for us to pray again for the nations we live in, that so desperately need to reach out and find God again.
Pray with me now:
Lord, I pray for my nation. I pray that as these coming days unfold, our hearts would be turned to You. I pray, whether in desperation or celebration, that the people of this nation would reach out to You and find You!