God desires us to honor Him…“Them That Honor Me I Will Honor ” (1 Samuel 2:30).
The definition of honor:
a : good name or public esteem : reputation b : a showing of usually merited respect : recognition <pay honor to our founder>
What does it mean to honor God? How does He honor us in return? We honor God when we make it our chief ambition in life to please Him, to love Him and to serve Him at all times. This is the way that Jesus lived. He said “I honor My Father” (John 8:49) and in John 8:29, “I do always those things that please Him”. A man without God, on the other hand, may seek the honor of his fellow man rather than the honor that comes from God (John 5:44). A number of Bible passages tell us how we can honor God and how He honors us in return. *
A nation that honors God acknowledges Him as giving them true freedom, a good land, hope, and a future. They invite Him to be involved in their lives through relationship… He knows best and has our best in mind…why not honor a good Father that sent His only Son to die for us?
How can we become a society of honor?
1. We honor the Lord by trusting Him with our whole heart. Jesus told us that it is God’s will that “all men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father” (John 5:23,24). He then added, “He that hears my word and believes on Him that sent Me has everlasting life”. We honor the Lord Jesus by believing His Word and trusting in Him. God honors us in return by giving us eternal life, peace, hope of a bright future and so much more.
2. We honor the Lord by surrendering to Him and serving Him. He will honor us by making our lives spiritually fruitful. Jesus said, “If any man serve Me, him will My Father honor” (John 12:20-26). In speaking of the corn of wheat falling into the ground and dying, our Lord was referring to Himself and His death and the fruits of His sacrifice. But He was also giving us a principle that if we too die to self we will bring forth fruit to His glory (John 12:24).
3. We honor God by setting our love upon Him. Psalm 91:14,15 reads, “Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high because he has known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him”. In return for our love, He promises to honor us by delivering us, by lifting us up, answering our prayers and being with us in trouble.
4. We honor God with our substance. Proverbs 3:9,10 reads, “Honor the Lord with your substance and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so shall your barns be filled with plenty…..” Jesus has told us “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38 NKJ) by giving God His rightful place in regard to our substance, we will be richly rewarded.
The Forefathers of our nation knew that honoring God and His principles were key to establishing a prosperous and blessed nation. It’s our responsibility to continue.
As we follow instruction of 2 Chronicles 7:14, let’s repent for not honoring God as a nation. We have not honored His commandments or walked in His ways. He promises that if we will repent and turn that He will hear from heaven and heal our land.
Father, we thank you for being such a good Father to us. Forgive us for forgetting You in our ” land of milk and honey”. Forgive us for putting other gods before You, for thinking that our ways are better than Yours. We honor You. We worship You and You alone. Lord, send revival to our hearts, our nation, and the world. We need You Lord, please heal our land.