“…then beware lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
— Deuteronomy 6:12
America has been blessed by God, but because of our prosperity we have forgotten Him. We think we don’t have to worry; we are not going to have a bitter winter like the Pilgrims had, where half of the population is going to starve. We are not left naked upon the brink of destruction; no, we have much goods laid up for many years. We are strong and self-sufficient. America has been mightily and marvelously helped until she was strong, and America has lifted up her heart in pride and turned her back upon God and kicked against the pricks of His spirit upon their conscience and turned unto sin.
President Lincoln called for a Day of Fasting and Prayer in 1863 and he reminded the nation of how it had forgotten God: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God….We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” Amen.
Lord, give me strength for today to recognize Your hand of blessing on us. Forgive me for the pride in my heart that wants to wrest the credit from You to me. As a church and as a nation, give us the gift of repentance and a new Great Awakening…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH AND FROM HIS HAND,
WE HAVE WHAT WE HAVE.