Why the Threat of ISIS and Russia?

Solomon was the king of Israel for forty years after David’s death. God made him the most blessed of all kings. He was the richest man alive, and his father David had vanquished the enemies of Israel so that the realm of Solomon had peace on all fronts. As long as Solomon obeyed God, things went well in Israel; however there came a time when Solomon turned away from God to some degree and that brought trouble to his borders. How does that connect with us today in the United States? We shall explore that here.

In 1 Kings 11 it says, “But Solomon loved many strange women…for it came to pass when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God…For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians and after Milcom, the abomination of the Amorites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord and went not fully after the Lord as did David his father. Then did Solomon build a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed to their gods.

“And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel…and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded…And the Lord stirred up an adversary to Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom…And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah which fled from his lord Hadadezer, king of Zobah. And he gathered men to him and became captain over a band when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus…and reigned in Damascus. He was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel and reigned over Syria…And Jeroboam, the son of Nebat…Solomon sought to kill him, and Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt…until the death of Solomon.”

Despite Solomon having peace on all fronts during his reign, adversaries popped up as a result of him turning away from God. Jeroboam in particular was the biggest adversary, because Israel would be split after his death into two separate kingdoms, and Jeroboam was appointed by God to be the king of the ten tribes that would break away from Solomon’s kingdom after his death. God raised up Jeroboam because Solomon had turned away from God. God has raised us up adversaries, today because we have turned away from God.

You will ask, we have had adversaries before in our past like Germany in two world wars. So, what is the difference today? Solomon’s kingdom was the most powerful in the region. No one could stand up to them, so his kingdom had peace. When Solomon’s heart turned away from God; that had a result of weakening the kingdom and adversaries took notice and rose up to take advantage of the situation. Before WWII, we were not the most powerful country, but arose at the end as the most powerful country.  So, we have had peace all these decades since, except for wars we chose to fight on foreign soils. There never arose an adversary that would take us on outside of the threat the Soviet Union posed during the Cold War. However, the Soviet Union collapsed, and then there was just us as major player on the planet.

When we turned away from God as wholly as we have today; this had a result of causing God to raise up adversaries to us. The sin in this country that is multiplying unchecked today has weakened this country so much, that other people and countries have taken notice and are rising up today to take advantage of this situation. ISIS has come into existence to be a God ordained adversary to us. Russia has begun an expansionist policy. China is threatening to do the same. The enemies of the U.S. have taken notice and are getting more emboldened every day. There is no way to stem the tide unless this country turns back to God. God has called these enemies into action because we have abandoned him; so does it not seem to reason the only solution to get rid of these threats is to turn back to him?

Solomon was unable to rid himself of his enemies, because his heart was not perfect with God. Despite being the most powerful country in the region, he could not get rid of those enemies. Do you think we will fare any better? Proverbs 16: 7 says, “When a man’s ways (or even a country’s ways) please the Lord, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him.” God brought these enemies into being, and only he can remove them. So, there is plenty to worry about in this world, today. These threats are real and extremely sinister. Evil cannot remove evil; it only replaces it with evil. It takes good to conquer evil. Unfortunately, there is nothing good coming out of this nation these days. So, we have to turn to God to be able to replace the evil that is presently around us. That is what God requires us to do.

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