Chapter 13 is a message from God to Babylon, who had been the rallying point of rebellion against God since the flood.
“But the Lord will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel.” 14:1
This verse says a lot of beautiful things about God: that he’s merciful, he chooses us, and that he intends for all people to be blessed by his love, through his faithful people.
Sometimes I forget this. I forget that the gospel doesn’t exist just to make my life glossier, that there’s more to God’s story than just mine and that he is not an American God. I forget that I am actually adopted into God’s citizenship, not entitled to it. Often times I just consume God, instead of prioritizing sharing him.
Today, in the name of grilled hotdogs and apple pie and all things patriotic, I am thankful for the freedom I have in this country to love God. People, even some reading this blog, risk their lives every day where they live to be a Christian. To proclaim the gospel, or to get photo copied pages of God’s word into the hands of believers. I’m sitting on my couch, my coffee table cluttered with Bibles and commentaries, writing and sharing about the Bible with no second thought. No risk, other than maybe my social standing among non-Christian peers. I take that for granted every single day.
If you’re American, today you will be celebrating your freedom in this country. But stop and ask yourself, what are you doing with it?