Lord, I have become old, and my hope is gone for my nation. Look at our proud leaders, especially in the state of California. They prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such protected lives; they seem so healthy and strong. They don’t have the kind of troubles Your children have. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. These fat cats have everything their hearts desire, and they crave even more! They scoff at righteousness and speak only evil; in their pride to remain powerful they seek to crush those who pose a threat to them. They boast as if to say, “What does God know? Does He even know or care what’s happening?” Look at these wicked people- enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. So they think, “Let’s destroy everything that will remind us of the commitment and covenant that our forefathers made to God.” They will find ways to shut down all the places where You are worshiped and Your Word is preached.
Lord, look at how they have insulted You! They have rejected the warnings of Your prophets, for they do not want to be told about the judgments coming. How long, O God, will you allow these people to insult You? Will you let them dishonor Your Name forever? Why do you hold back Your strong right hand? Unleash Your powerful fist and destroy them! Our nation has become a nation full of darkness and violence because You are dishonored!
Son, you must remain in My love and be careful to obey every command I give you. For I am coming as unexpectedly as a thief in the night, and you will be blessed if you are watching and ready for Me.
Son, when you think like this your heart is bitter, and it will tear you up inside. You need to understand the destiny of these wicked people; for I have put them on a slippery path that will take them quickly over the cliff to their destruction. In an instant they will be swept away and destroyed completely. I told them that if they choose this path, My anger will burn against them. Because of the evil laws they’ve passed I will shut up the sky and hold back the rain so that the ground will fail to produce its bountiful harvests. It’s happening; do you not see it? But remember, that it will affect everyone!
Son, tell My children not to worship Me in the way these pagan peoples worship their lifeless gods. Do not fall into the trap of following their customs. Do not even inquire about their gods, for I have allowed you to know Me and there is nothing that compares to Me. Don’t flatter idol worshipers!
You must be careful to obey all the commands I give you. Do not add anything to My word or subtract anything from it. Commit to all of My Word, and be wholehearted to Me. Teach My word to your children, and tell them to talk about My word to their children at home, and when they are on the road, and before they go to bed and after they get up. Write My word on the walls of your homes and on your gates. When you obey My word you show your love for Me. Hold tightly to Me, and then no one will be able to come against you. They will fear you because I am with you.
Son, I have always given My children the choice between a blessing and a curse! They will be blessed if they obey My commands. But, they will be cursed if they reject My commands, and turn away from Me by worshiping other gods.
Lord, I belong to You and I am clinging to You. You guide me with Your perfect counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but You remain the strength of my heart. Therefore, I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do.