More than a year ago my mother was told grave news about Puerto Rico, the little island currently getting a great deal of coverage in the media. It’s also my own homeland. The news she received was from none other but God, who clearly informed that Puerto Rico had been weighed and found wanting.
Remembering God’s Word
The past few months, He’s been stirring my heart with the same message. For many nights I’d awake, painfully burdened in heart for the people who possibly have not a clue of their state before God. I have not stopped interceding nor will I – to be weighed and found wanting is no light thing, folks. God is not a joke.
We have Belshazzar as example, a king who in the days of Daniel, was sorely judged for having lifted himself and idols up rather than the Lord; he did this, all the while knowing that his own father, Nebuchadnezzar, had been deposed of his kingly throne and glory because of his own pride. There was hope for Nebuchadnezzar, though, because he later recognized that it was the Lord who ruled in men’s kingdom, and only He who “sets up one and takes down the other.” But as for Belshazzar, it was not so.
Daniel declared against him, “…The God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified. Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written. And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 23-28, NKJV [my italics])
The very night, God slew Belshazzar and gave his throne to another. Talk about serious, or what? Again, God is no joke. He did it once; He’ll do it hundred times more if needs be.
He has weighed Puerto Rico on the holy balances and He has found her lacking. He has now issued out the writing on the wall; He’ll proceed in His judgments. While I do have faith that He’d separate His own from His wrath, I am somber and greatly distressed about this urgent word.
Puerto Rico Can Escape
If you’re like me, Nineveh comes to mind now, doesn’t it? They humbled themselves and God had mercy, remember? Yet unlike Nineveh, Puerto Rico is not a place void of Christ. It’s been given the Gospel many times over and its mama bear is America, the “one nation under God.” But like America, Puerto Rico follows down the destructive pathway of pushing God completely out of the land. Consequently, His judgment needs to come.
Sometimes God’s people have to sit back and watch Him bring what He said He’d bring, as it was with many in the Bible (Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc.). But there is a slight chance that that might not be the case here, or at least, not yet. Because in my night pleadings for His mercy, I believe He provided Puerto Rico with a way of escape.
But it’s a very fine line: Puerto Rico has to return to God. Yes, we are to pray. Because as the king of Nineveh said, when he determined to humble himself and turn from his evil ways along with the entire city, who knows if God will have mercy? Even if He didn’t, at least the people would be humbled before His throne and have a hope of restoration in the future…
But God encouraged me in this matter, by giving the scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14, which is,
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
The question which remains is, will we?