The word of the LORD came to me: “If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.” (Jeremiah 18:5–10, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I see the United States as a nation that was “built up and planted” by God. One with a rich Christian heritage that has done much good in the world, albeit not without some blemishes. But in my lifetime it has increasingly “[done] evil in [His] sight and [has] not [obeyed Him].” At the very least I see us as at a crossroad, if indeed we have not gone too far down the wrong path already. Is God reconsidering the good He has bestowed upon us up to this point, or will He relent from inflicting any disaster on us that He may be planning because we come to repentance? I don’t believe we can honestly say that warning signs have not been given, and His word is abundantly clear.
My Advice – He brought disaster on Israel and Judah because they did not repent. He relented from bringing disaster on Nineveh (at least for a season) because they repented. Will we be an Israel/Judah, or a Nineveh? If we spent as much time praying for our nation as we did complaining on the current state of affairs while pining for the “good old days,” perhaps we would see Him relent and not reconsider. It’s worth us reconsidering.