Isaiah 1: 19-20. “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
Some verses to cross-reference include Lev. 26:40; Deut. 7:12; 28:1; 30:1; Jer. 17:24; I John 1:7.
God makes this statement over and over in the scriptures: Obedience brings blessing, and disobedience brings correction. The key is in being willing. Judah had lost her way, and was no longer willing to be obedient. She had, once again, turned to the idolatry of the surrounding nations, engaging in all the immorality that accompanied idolatry. She was no longer concerned with the holiness of God, and would reap the reward for her disobedience.
So I’ve been thinking, with nearly every post so far, how closely this all resembles America. Once a nation founded upon the principles of God’s Word, we have turned so far away, as a nation, that surely we will reap the discipline predicted for Israel. We cannot turn from His Law and expect His blessing. It just doesn’t work that way. Someone posted a video yesterday in which Mrs. Clinton says that our religious beliefs about abortion MUST change! Others are telling us that our religious beliefs about homosexuality MUST change. Those are just two examples. There are many, many more.
When we accept the idea that our beliefs must change by turning from God’s Word and replacing Him with man’s philosophies, then we are disobedient.
We won’t get away with it.