â€œThe foreigners living among you will become stronger and stronger, while you become weaker and weaker. They will lend money to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, and you will be the tail!â€ (Deuteronomy 28:43-44 NLT)
In Deuteronomy Chapter 28, God instructs half of His people to announce from Mount Gerizim the blessings that He will bestow upon their nation if they will be faithful to Him. He then instructs the other half of His people to announce from Mount Ebal the curses that will befall their nation if they ever forsake Him.
According to Deuteronomy 28:12-13, the nation will be blessed by God financially as long as the people believe and obey Godâ€™s Word. God promises a faithful nation that it â€œwill lend to many nations, but borrow from none.â€ On the other hand, the nation will be cursed by God with financial disaster if the people ever cease to believe and obey Godâ€™s Word. God promises the nation that forsakes Him that it will end up borrowing from foreigners and incapable of lending to anyone (Deuteronomy 28:43-44).
I donâ€™t know about you, but Deuteronomy 28:12-13 sounds to me like an accurate description of America yesterday, back when we were a God-fearing nation that revered Godâ€™s Word. In those days, we were blessed by God as the worldâ€™s greatest lender nation. Today, however, we resemble the nation described in Deuteronomy 28:43-44, a nation that has forsaken God and is no longer under His blessing, but under His curse. Consequently, our country is no longer the worldâ€™s greatest lender nation, but the worldâ€™s greatest debtor nation.
Although many explanations are given for Americaâ€™s current economic downturn, our forsaking of God is normally not one of them. Yet, here, just as in all our other national problems, the real trouble is spiritual. Having gone from being a God-fearing nation to a God-forsaking one, weâ€™ve moved ourselves out from under Godâ€™s blessings and put ourselves under His curse.
Pray that America will repent of its forsaking of God and return to its faithfulness to God so that God will lift his curse and restore His blessings.