When the pilgrims came to America's shores, they wrote the Mayflower Compact, which stated their purpose, was to glorify God and propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe God put a hedge around this country at that time. The Bible teaches a doctrine of hedges in the life of Job (see Job 1:9-10) and ancient Israel (see Isaiah 5:1-5). May I tell you why America has been strong? America's first line of defense has not been the military, but God Himself. But we have politely told God, with the aid of the ACLU and others, that we can handle things ourselves and to take His hedge and go back to heaven.
The Author of Hope
Our Nation was shaken to her knees this time last year, but I want to tell you there are some things that cannot be shaken:
God's Sovereignty (Romans 11:36)
You and I dwell in time. God dwells in eternity. The past, the present and the future are all alike to Him. Colossians 1:16-17 tell us, "For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."
God's Kingdom (Hebrews 12:28-29)
Some sailors were trying to steer their boat one night in the middle of a stormy sea. They didn't know which direction land was. Then, the clouds opened and a sailor saw the North Star. He said, "Now, I know the direction to land." They manned the oars and began to pull in the direction of the shore. He continued, "Keep your eye on that star, for if we lose sight of it, we're lost." There is a star in the heavens. It is God Himself and His kingdom cannot fall.
God's Word (1 Peter 1:23)
When things are unsure and there's bad news all around, I want to know that the solid, sure Word of God stands firm and will never fail. I'm not so interested in what some philosopher, politician, scientist or mathematician has to say about current events. I want to know what God says.
God's Grace (2 Corinthians 9:8)
There are twin towers of God's Word that can never be shaken. One is faith. The other is hope. And both stand upon the foundation of the grace of God. God is a loving God and He wants to forgive and heal America. How I thank God that we can stand on His grace.
All believers know that God is necessary. We know we could not exist without Him, yet how often have people become overcome with the cares of this world because they question whether God is enough. Isaiah 50:10 tells us to "stay upon [our] God." What does it mean to "stay upon" God? It means to cast yourself completely upon Him.
We Need to Seek God (2 Chronicles 7:14)
It's time for every person in every nation to seek God. We can host a prayer meeting on the hour every hour for the next 100 years, but all the prayer in the world is not going to do any good unless we humble ourselves before God and seek Him. Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." We, as individuals, must repent. We, as a nation, must repent.
We Need to Show the Love of God (Romans 1:16)
This is an opportunity for the diamond of God's love to shine on the dark velvet of terrible wickedness. It's time to call upon God for holy boldness, divine appointments, and open hearts. It's time to tell a neighbor about the God who cares.
It's time for believers to get out of our comfort zones and make sacrifices. Would to God that every person reading this article would live the truth, tell the truth, speak the truth, believe the truth, and love the truth.
We Need to Unite and Work for Peace (Proverbs 14:34)
There was a time when our enemies would look at this nation and say, There's something different. Has that time passed? Or can we unite and work for peace as one nation under God? Before the world falls apart, believers need to come together. It is time to unite for the cause of Christ.
When we come to Him in repentance and faith, we are empowered-and expected-to live the Christian life not by trying, but by trusting. Faith is not only how we receive salvation, it is how we walk, day by day, in grace. Only by faith can we extend forgiveness to others, share God's truth, and leave a godly legacy. As the tapestry of your life unfolds, may you begin to see the wonders of living each day, moment by moment, a life of faith and forgiveness.