This is what the LORD says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.” (Jeremiah 14:10-11 NIV)
Is it possible that it is too late to pray for America? God told the Prophet Jeremiah not to pray for Judah, because the peopleâ€™s sins had exhausted Godâ€™s patience and ensured the nation of divine retribution (Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14). Is it possible that Americaâ€™s sins have exhausted Godâ€™s patience and ensured us of divine retribution?
An old French riddle calls upon children to consider the story of a lily pond. The pond is implanted with a single lily pad. On the first day the lily pad doubles to two. Afterward, the lily pads in the pond double everyday until the pond is completely covered on the 30th day, blocking out all light and oxygen and choking off all life in the pond. If one waits to deal with the problem until the pond is half covered on the 29th day, how long does one have to solve the problem? The answer, of course, is only one day.
What is the moral of the lily pond story? It is that we should not wait until it is too late to solve our problems. Have we been so busy with and distracted by other things that weâ€™ve neither paid attention to nor addressed our countryâ€™s constantly doubling spiritual decadence? If so, have we waited too late to do anything about it? Is the die cast, the divine patience exhausted and divine retribution inevitable? All we can do is hope and pray that such is not the case.
Pray that itâ€™s not the 29th day in America!