July the 4th is the time when we reflect on the history of our nation, and we recognize that we are blessed. To live in America is an honor as well as a blessing. Yet we also recognize that this is a difficult time for our nation and for our fellow citizens.
If we acknowledge the beginning God has given us, we will see His mercy, His splendor as well as His plan for our lives.
Psalm 33:12 NASB
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
I firmly believe that God has blessed our nation. I also acknowledge that America is in trouble because God has been left out.
Many of the men we call founding fathers of our nation had great faith. In today’s devotion I simply share some of their quotes. Read on and join me in praying for our nation.
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” – George Washington
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here." - Patrick Henry
"For my own part, I sincerely esteem it [the Constitution] a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests." - Alexander Hamilton
"It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men's lives be based on the principles of the Bible. No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible." - Theodore Roosevelt
We cannot afford to be ignorant of the Bible. More truth.
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” - Thomas Jefferson
Also some of those who have led our country in the past few decades have been powerful!
America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side. - Ronald Reagan
"Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience...without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure...If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under." - Ronald Reagan
That last line gets me. When we forget God, we go under. This is true for our personal lives, for our church and for our nation. Keep reading and pray more!
The following quote was spoken over congress. It is also the final quote for today. I please this as well.
“I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN