“See, I am against you, O arrogant one,” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty,
“for your day has come, the time for you to be punished. The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.” (Jeremiah 50:31–32, NIV 1984).
“Repay her for her deeds; do to her as she has done. For she has defied the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.” (Jeremiah 50:29, NIV 1984).
My Musings – These verses depict the what and why of Babylon during the days of Jeremiah. A literal judgment on an existing kingdom. But not all references to Babylon in the Scriptures refer to the historic kingdom. For Babylon was also a “type” for any kingdom or empire down through the ages that allowed its power, riches and worldliness to turn into pride and arrogance, neglecting or outright defying the God that had established them in the first place.
I was particularly struck by the last line in this passage, “the arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.” In the past few years, we’ve seen our nation stumble, but not quite fall. We’ve seen fires kindled in her towns by her own citizens, but not quite consumed. I pray to God that my nation, the United States, is not on its way to becoming a type of Babylon, although there are some who might say it is already there.
Clearly God established it and set it on its course to become a great nation. A beacon of light to all who would be free and self-governed. But perhaps that very greatness has led to arrogance and set it on a path to its own downfall. Still, God has been patient, long-suffering, and gracious. Allowing us thus far to stumble but not fall. Allowing fires to kindle but not consume. If we would be a nation under God, people who are called by His name, the first step back is humility. Then to pray and seek His face. To turn back from the path that we’ve been following to progressive wickedness. He will hear us and heal our land. Otherwise, He may very well ultimately say, “I am against you, O arrogant one…your day has come, the time for you to be punished.”
My Advice – I don’t believe there is anyone (red or blue, black or white, left or right, Hispanic or Asian) in this country that doesn’t believe we need some healing. But is there enough of a remnant that believes that healing must come from God? Let’s be people of humility, people of prayer, and seekers of God. Let’s be people who don’t fall into wickedness, but if we do let’s be people who will turn back. We cannot “make” America great again. We did not make it that way to begin with. But we can “be” great again. He did it before, He can do it again.