Look closely at the 1000-peso bill below. Under REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS, you will find the declaration—

Pinagpala ang bayan na ang Diyos ay ang Panginoon.

IMG_0745That is the Tagalog translation of Psalm 33:12a in the Holy Bible: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Have you seen this?

At this point, that Bible verse remains to be a declaration of hope rather than a statement of reality for the Republic of the Philippines. In all honesty, we could not say that the Almighty God—Creator of heaven and earth—reigns supremely as Lord of the Philippines. For sure, there are many individual Filipinos who live their lives under the lordship of Jesus Christ. However, as a nation, God does not have first place.

Some people feel that we are better off without God in our lives. I think this is because they have an inadequate view of God. This post is one small step to correct that. The Bible clearly states that God is on a mission to bless. He told Abram:

I will bless you … and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you (see Genesis 12:1-3).

The blessings of God, however, are not arbitrary. They are not unconditional. We cannot say that God’s blessings are our entitlements. There is a requirement: it is simple but it is not easy. To expect to be a nation blessed by God, we need to turn over every aspect of our individual and national life to the lordship of God through Jesus Christ.

Can you imagine how our lives would change if we all did our best to abide by the standards set by the Word of God? I think…

  • Traffic would flow better.
  • Government services will be more efficient and honest.
  • Politicians will be selfless statesmen.
  • The marriage bed would be kept pure (Hebrews 13:4).
  • God would be “at home” in our country, and because of that, he would release his blessings.

I desire these blessings for myself, my family and my nation. But let us not make seeking these blessings first in our lives. Let us first seek God, the source of these blessings. Let him be first in our lives and in our country.

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