Occasionally I use the illustration of an individual rowing his little craft down the Niagara River with his back toward the falls. Without notice, he has passed all warning signs and is startled to find that he is already beyond the “Point Of No Return.” This is the last stretch of river just before the falls in which the current is moving too quickly to reverse directions and paddle back upstream to safety. At this point, unless someone intervenes, he is going over the falls, and probably to his watery grave.
The illustration serves as the perfect parallel to many situations that are common in the lives of individuals, businesses, and nations. For example: Because of unrestrained, foolish spending, the national debt, which now stands at over $31 trillion dollars, will eventually pass the point of no return and our country will not be able to afford even the interest to service our debt.
Similarly, our beloved nation has been paddling toward destruction in the moral and spiritual realms for many years. We are even now precariously perched on the edge of a spiritual precipice with strengthening currents that threaten to push us into the abyss with every passing day. Those who know God and are astute students of His Word, have been stationed along the route that brought us to where we are today, to sound the warning and aid in reversing the direction of our national drift. But here we are, seemingly committed to the fast waters that promise to transport us to certain ruin. Is there yet hope? YES!, but our deliverance will not be at the hand of a politician, nor any device of man, but by the God who created us.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, …Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. (Psalm 33:12, 18–21). “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Chronicles7:14)