The Second Book of the Kings, chapter 22 verse 18b-19, NASB.
Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “Regarding the words which you have heard, because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the LORD.
There is no other way, we are going to save this great nation, except that we tenderize our hearts, and humble ourselves before the LORD.
As we read through the Bible, we see over, and over again, God’s call to people to humble their selves, and soften their hearts. How much plainer can it be laid out than to see the prosperousness of the people of God, and how they allowed their hearts and minds to turn away from God, and how they paid a severe price, in spite of all God did to turn their hearts and minds back to Him.
To my military mind, there is no plainer picture of our nation than the picture of Egypt, when God determined to make His Name known among the Egyptians. The Book of Exodus tells us that over and over again, God called Pharaoh to repent, and acknowledge the One True God of the universe and creation. Yet, time and again, he refused to humble himself; he was considered to be a god among the people and he would not allow his sovereign status to be relegated to another. History tells us that his arrogance brought calamity to himself, and his nation.
Well, if we refuse to learn from history, we will endeavor to relive it. Think about it!