Every year, after local fireworks, I watch the Boston Pops firework display where the orchestra is synchronized with a massive fireworks show. It is thrilling to watch. However, beyond the sparklers, firecrackers and spectacular fireworks, there are strong biblical messages that need to be heard by all Americans. The writing and signing of the declaration of our independence from England in 1776 was close to God’s heart. He heard the cries of the oppressed and over saw the process of writing the declaration to make America a free and democratic system of government where human beings would to be treated equally. We all were created to honor and give glory to God by the way we live and love one another. When we cease to be one nation, under God, we move into a very dangerous position with our God.
“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! …The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:8-22).
“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” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”(1 Timothy 2:1-4).
As Christians, we need to resist the temptation that man, without the wisdom and oversight of our Lord and Savior, can lead this country. We get caught up in the politics as if God has no authority to place whom He wants in positions of governorship. Despite what we are experiencing, what we hear and what we know, we can trust our Sovereign God to lead us where we need to go according to His will, not our own. Let us remember that God is our strong tower, our refuge for the broken, and a shield of protection for His people. If God can move mountains, He can restore this land. Might God have His way with us that we might humble ourselves and pray and return to Him.
“O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Please join us in praying for our country to turn from an appetite of greed, hate and power to humble ourselves before our Savior who is The way, The truth and The Life!
Blessings and much love!