Leviticus 26:1-13 – “’You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God. 2′ You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 3′ If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, 4 then I shall give you rains in their season so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. 5′ Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land. 6′ I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. 7’But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; 8 five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. 9’So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. 10′ You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. 11′ Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. 12′ I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13′ I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.” NASU
That is a lot of scripture for a short devotional but I hope you will take the time to read, reread, and meditate upon it reflecting on the nation. There are some instructions, warning, and promises that some dismiss because they are referring to a form of worship often not seen in this modern culture. I ask you to briefly walk through these passages and consider them considering today.
Consider the instructions, prohibitions, and warnings: NO IDOLS! Is that a problem today? What is an idol? It is anything that takes the place of God or is substituted as a god or is a person or thing that is greatly admired to the point of worship. Some have made $$$ their idol. Some idolize celebrities to the point that whatever those individuals do or say becomes their rule of faith and practice. Some have made ethnicity an idol in that they hate everything that is not of their ethnicity and worship their skin color. The Bible tells us that God will not share His glory with anyone or anything. His promise throughout scripture is that if we Honor Him He will honor us. He is our Creator! Scientific evidence and calculations reveal that this could not be random chance. If the planetary orbits were 1 degree off there would be chaos. If the human body was not exactly as it is, we could not live and thrive. I believe the Bible and believe that God is real and the Creator of All Things and if that is true, then He and He alone is worthy of worship for He and He alone determines our lives and our eternity. To place anything before or above Him is an insult of the highest order. We are also instructed to keep God’s Sabbaths and reverence His sanctuary. Why? Because God rested on the 7th day and the sanctuary is representative of His Person and Presence.
Then He declared that IF and that is the keyword. “IF” we walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, not just with lip service but with the heart and walked out in our daily lives He (God) would do several things. There would be rains in their season. Rains were an absolute requirement for the crops and the crops determined life or death. The land would then produce in abundance. Notice in verse five, “…your threshing will last for you until the grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time.” The condition would be unceasing prosperity and provision. He said that if we walk in obedience we will be filled and live securely in our land. If that is not something to be desired, I’m not sure what is. The promise was peace and no one making us tremble. He said he would eliminate the harmful beasts and not sword would go through the land. There would be protection from within and without. The continuation of that is seen in verse seven, “But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; five our you will chase a thousand and a hundred will chase ten thousand…” That is an incredible promise.
The Promise is that if we do this and return to Him He will make us fruitful and multiply us and confirm His Covenant with us and His Covenants are incredible. He also promised to walk among us and we would be His people. We would have such abundance that we’d have to eat the old to make room for the new it would be so plenteous. We would not have a need to horde and make provisions for lean times because there would be no lean times. WHY? Because He is walking among us and in our obedience, His face is shining upon us and His blessings overtaking us.
In America, we have drifted far from this picture and if we return to God he will return to us. I encourage you to look to Him and tear down any idols that have been erected in your lives. Our nation can be restored. Our lives can be restored. Our world can be reached IF and that again is the key “IF” we follow the prescription of these verses.
God bless you, and God bless America!