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The Downfall of a Nation (Amos 9:8)

Introductory Thoughts

Only one nation (Israel) holds a promise from God that it will never be utterly destroyed; every other nation must fervently guard its affairs to ensure its continued and future existence. According to scripture, “sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34), and “the mouth of the wicked” can overthrow an entire city (Proverbs 11:11). Thrones and empires are terminated because of the unruly evil of sin (Proverbs 16:12). The Bible says that “the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom,” and He “will destroy it from off the face of the earth” (Amos 9:8). For this reason, it is important to recognize that nations rise or fall because of their choice to sin or their refusal to partake therein.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God chose a land for His people. This land was already inhabited. Read why God was going to drive them out (Deuteronomy 9:4-5). Later, God punished His people for doing the same wickedness (2 Kings 17:7-14, 22-23; 2 Kings 21:9-15; Jeremiah 25:9-12).
  • (For everyone): Biblically speaking, what are the sins in which your country has chosen to partake? How are these sins eventually going to result in the downfall of your land?
  • What are some nations (or people groups) found in the Bible that ceased to exist because of sin? What would it suggest about God if He failed to judge others guilty of the same sins?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Pray for the preachers in your land who are preaching the truth.
  • Ask God to cause repentance to begin in your own home.