Comparing the importance, significance, or value of one nation above or below another is an ongoing process. Various criteria are used to measure the worth of nations: the size of the military, gross national product, education, population, employment, agriculture, productivity - and the list goes on and on. But, in the eyes of the Lord, none of these areas are as critical as the one He would place at the top of His list. In fact, number one on His list would never be included or considered in the “nation evaluation list.” Yet, nations rise and fall on what is most important to Him: righteousness.

Two of the most important nations of the ancient world were Sodom and Gomorrah. Their location was in the most fertile region of the then known world. So, they would certainly have been recognized as world leaders for their agricultural products. But, they weren’t. They were recognized for their godlessness.

They were not ignorant of the Lord. Rather, they completely ignored Him. They refused to bring God in to their lives and weave Him into the fabric of their culture.

As a result of their complete indifference to God, He rained “down fire and brimstone” on them and utterly destroyed them - along with the other cities and villages on the plain, and eliminated all life - the people, the plants, and even the animals. Nothing was left.

God has not changed. Nations are, have been, and always will be graded by God on their righteousness: “On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur.”

Prayer: We pray for our nation, Father that we will turn from our wicked ways and become a godly people once again. Grant us courage and power! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. Psalm 11:6 

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