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The Great Drought of 2012
August 10, 2012

 One of the predominant national news items of 2012 has been the massively devastating drought that has crippled grain production throughout North America. There seems to be no end in this natural disaster of an uncommon kind, at least to our nation. What’s the reason behind this? Global warming? Freak nature? The truth is, God will not be mocked for whatever a man sows, that shall a man reap. In the book of Exodus, God begins to demonstrate this truth to Pharoah, the proud and powerful leader of Egypt. “Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, thus says the LORD God of Israel, let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, who is the LORD, that I should obey him?” (Ex 5:1-2) Pharoah soon learned, through a severe succession of plagues that devastated Egypt’s agriculture and manpower, that God was not to be mocked, culminating in the tragic death of his and every other first born son by the hand of the Lord.

 We can also rightly say, “whatever a nation sows, that shall a nation also reap” Right now, the United States is under an extreme drought—in fact, just as the Great Depression of 1929, the long standing, North American dry spell has now been given the name, “The Great Drought of 2012”. This is the hottest summer on record in the United States since 1895. The U.S. is the bread basket for the rest of the world with America leading every other nation in food production, having the most sophisticated agricultural technology in the world. The ongoing catastrophe has affected 80% of the U.S. corn crop- If our essential crops are so devastated by the drought, what will happen to the food supply of the rest of the world? American and Canadian livestock farmers are selling their pigs and cattle for slaughter, not having the food to feed them. This is God’s judgment on America for mocking Him through continual, deliberate, obstinate, increasing sin. God declared in Haggai 1:11, “I have decreed a season of drought, drying up fields and hills, withering gardens and orchards, stunting vegetables and fruit. Nothing—not man or woman, not animal or crop—is going to thrive."  Why? Because the people were blatantly given to their own sensual pleasures and creature comforts while neglecting God’s house and their own spiritual welfare, just as we are today, and God will not be mocked.

 Tell me... Does God not care that over a million innocent babies are aborted in America every year, along with 100,000 annually in Canada? Does God not care that the highest authority in the land, President Barak Obama has endorsed same-sex marriage in spite of God’s word that calls it is an abomination in Rom 1:27? Does God not care that 89% of all pornography around the world that has damned the souls of countless lives and destroyed marriages and families is produced right here in America? Does God not care that we have opened wide the floodgates to false religions and their false gods, welcoming them into a nation that was founded upon the truth of God’s Holy Word? President Obama, speaking about America said this: “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation and a nation of nonbelievers”. Ruth Graham is known for her famous quote, “If God doesn't bring judgment on America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Her husband, Billy wrote, “My heart aches for America and its deceived people."I wonder what Ruth would think of America if she were alive today. In the years since she made that remark, millions of babies have been aborted and our nation seems largely unconcerned. Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now the symbols of the American lifestyle."

 God’s holy name is being mocked, and shall He not judge for these things? Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the Lord, and shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?”  (Jeremiah 5:9). Some pastors and prophets feel that it is even now too late for America to stay the hand of God’s wrath upon our land for its unbridled wickedness and pride.  I fear the same. However, who can tell if God will postpone His just and due judgment for a season of mercy and blessing? Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, sat in utter despondency as he viewed the devastation of Israel at a time of severe famine. Desperate mothers were eating their babies. Cattle were leaving their newborns to perish in the heat of the barren fields. Water and food were nowhere to be found. Children were dying from dehydration and starvation. Young men, once strong and striking in appearance , were now skin and bones. Princes and priests sat in the filthy streets in despair and confusion. Jerusalem, the city of God was abandoned and destitute of God’s blessing and favour. It was too late for the rebellious nation that had seemingly crossed the line. Jeremiah closes his dismal book with this pitiful prayer— “Why do You forget us forever and forsake us for so long a time? Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old. But You have utterly rejected us, and are very angry with us!” (Lamentations 5:20-22)

 And yet in the very middle of Lamentations, we read, “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” Something inside of me can’t yet believe that it’s too late for North America, in spite of our deliberately mocking God. I still trust in the One who said, “If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Chronicles 7:14)

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