Our Nation in Jeremiah 18:7-10?

Jeremiah 18:7-10, ESV:

If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.

There are several very interesting points in this passage. First, I want to point out that nowhere does it say “the United States of America”. In fact, from the reading we do not know if God has declared either judgment or blessing for our country. We certainly have a very prosperous nation, seemingly blessed by God. For this reason I believe our nation does, or at one time did, fall into that category.

Second, this passage is not specific to Israel. God has just mentioned Israel and His ability to do with them as He pleases. But this passage is a general rule God holds which is here declared to Israel for application. Notice the words “a nation”, “a kingdom”, and “that nation”. The nation or kingdom is not specific.

We can certainly ascertain that God is not pleased with our nation. All is not lost though. “If that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.” We can still relent from the evil we have done and are doing. God is true to His word and faithful at all points. If we turn from our evil ways then God will not continue to bring disaster upon us.