“Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How terrible it will be when all four of these dreadful punishments fall upon Jerusalem—war, famine, wild animals, and disease—destroying all her people and animals. —Ezekiel 14:21

You will understand that these things are not being done to Israel without cause. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken! —Ezekiel 14:23

Judgment from the Lord comes in a variety of ways. The verse above gives us four of them: war— He brings a nation or nations against another nation; famine— He causes crops to fail and food shortages; wild animals— He can increase their number to endanger human populations; disease— He can bring new diseases or old ones to decimate nations. Yes, judgment comes in a variety of ways from the hand of the Lord.

The Sovereign Lord brings about these judgments upon a nation for good reason according to His plan and purposes. It would be wise for a nation to practice righteousness (Proverbs 14:34) because a time of judgment will come when a nation’s sin has “reached its full measure” and then judgment will come (Genesis 15:16). The U.S. and all other nations need to repent or they will cross a line the Sovereign Lord has determined and judgment will fall. We can be absolutely sure of that! Let us repent of our sin, seek to live faithfully for Him and call others to do the same.

Dear Father, oh, that I would be faithful to You above all else and live a holy life to honor You. May You be pleased to call others to do the same through me and through others who love You. Oh that this would be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the Name of Jesus my Lord.

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