The prophet Hosea wrote: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”  God did not destroy His people because of a weak military or not having a gold standard to stabilize their economy; instead, God rejected them because of their rejection of Him.  Similarly, God does not care about our constitution, gun rights, health care, military, tariffs, taxes, or immigration.  None of these are the reasons we experience God’s judgement.  God’s judgment upon this nation is squarely centered on our willful rejection of knowing Him.  If we want God’s judgement turning into blessings then we must return with zeal in our desire to know God.  Knowing God is the chief form of knowledge.  As King Solomon wrote: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)  

Last week my sister and I went to Pensacola, Florida to attend a Principles Clinic hosted by Pensacola Christian College.  We left shortly after the Sunday morning service and arrived in Pensacola late Monday afternoon.  The drive time was 19 hours, divided over two days. We arrived in Pensacola exhausted.  Unfortunately, we were not finished.  The clinic ended Wednesday afternoon so we had to make the 19-hour drive back to our homes. Driving 19 hours had a negative effect on my body; especially my lower right back and legs. There was a time when I could drive from Cincinnati to California without any negative impact on my body.  Those were the days.  The point that I am driving home is I am not young anymore and life is flying by me quicker than I want.  Even at the age of 48, I cannot do the same activities I did in my 20’s.  I am reminded what Peter wrote regarding this transition: “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away” (1 Peter 1:24).  Regardless of how great we are today, there is coming a day in which our greatness will fade away.