Righteousness exalts a Nation

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#DailyDevotion Thursday June 1, 2017

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people” (Proverbs 14:34)

The secularisation of nations and states is gaining strength every now and then. Nations are becoming more secular, with many becoming not only secular but atheists. This trend falls short of God’s plan for humanity. God expects every nation and mankind to be dressed in righteousness instead of turning away from him, and putting on tainted garments of sin. He therefore declares; “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

For His own purpose;

“From one man [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed time 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” (Acts 17:26-27).

Unfortunately, the trend many nations and people are taking today is very contrary to this purpose. Many have disregarded God and conclude that he is only a human construction, yet God made all human beings. God is being “removed” from the public sphere and being “forced” into the private sphere by legislation of many states and or nations. Notions like In God we trust, For God and my country etc. are becoming old fashioned.

Nations and peoples must reconsider their call to practice righteousness. When nations practice righteousness they are exalted, protected and flourishes; actions that are otherwise brings judgment on the nations. Thomas Coke comments;

According as nations exercise mercy, compassion, and justice, towards others; they will obtain the favour and protection of God. It is agreeable to consider the expression in this view, in an age, when, however defective we may be in the estimate of severer moralists, there can be no doubt that the high virtues of benevolence and humanity shine forth among us with a distinguished lustre; for which we may hope the God of compassions will still look with a favourable eye upon our land, protecting us by his mighty arm, and blessing us with his fatherly kindness. We must here recollect, that nations, as such, must be rewarded or punished in this world (Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible).

Pray for your country that her people and leaders will seek righteousness instead of godlessness. Pray that your nation becomes a fountain of righteousness through Christ and practice acts of mercy, compassion, and justice. Pray that the nations of the world that have strict legislations against religion—especially Christianity will open space for people to freely worship Christ. Pray that godly men and women like king David who was a man after God’s own heart will get into public offices and not be ashamed of their faith. Do whatever you can, by whatever means you can, at all times you can to have righteousness established in your country; for righteousness exalts a nation. Amen!    Rev. J


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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.

 

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