Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th, B.C, July 4th, 1776, and July 4th, 2010. How do they compare?

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness...And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." ~Parts of the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America. In Congress, July 4, 1776.

Written 234 years ago, these well-known words contain more than most people realize. Back in 1776, the leaders of the thirteen colonies knew why they existed. Why they were uniting with one another. Why the were succeeding. Today, I'm not so sure if our leaders do. Are you wondering what I'm talking about? Are you wondering the answer to my questions? They can be fully explained in one word, yet thousands could describe Him. God. Our Creator. Our Protector. Our Founder. The list could go on, and on, and on. Back in 1776, they knew the answer to those questions. They knew Him. At every congress meeting, they would spend hours in prayer before making their decisions.

The sad thing is, it's not happening today. Our leaders don't spend hours in prayer anymore. Most of them don't even pray at all. Why not? Think about that. Why not? Why do you think they don't even acknowledge Him at all, let alone ask Him for His Help and Guidance? Our nation, The United States of America, has turned away from God. We have sinned greatly against our Beloved Creator! How sad is that!

You know, this has happened before. And there have been consequences. Big ones. For school this past year, I read through the entire Old Testament. Behind the stories of Abraham, David, and Nehemiah are many hidden Truths. And it's not just history. There are so many things you can learn, and they are totally relevant to today. Back in the time of Abraham, God promised He would make Abraham's descendants a great nation. Moses delivered those descendants, God's Chosen People, from Egypt. And then it happened. They forget about their God, who saved from slavery! They began to complain. And complain. And complain some more. The consequence? They spent the next 40 years just wandering in the desert. And that entire generation did not get to see the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey, their destination.

Fast forward to many, many years later, just after the time of David and Solomon. Israel and Judah split up, and there is a succession of so many different kings (with such similar names!) in both Israel and Judah. The problem? They do not follow the Laws of God, and they mingle, intermarry, and adopt the customs of the surrounding nations, which the Lord specifically commanded them not to do. In Israel, there was not even one good king. In Judah, there were a few who followed the Lord and turned their nation back to God. However, they did not teach and train their children in the way of the Lord. Their children (the next kings) undid all the good their fathers had done. The consequence? The were attacked. And taken captive. For 70 YEARS!

How does this relate to today? Well, our country is turning away from God, more and more so as the years go by. What can possibly be done? PRAYER! We have a loving God who will ALWAYS listen to us, no matter what! When his country was in exile, Nehemiah prayed. Like, a lot. He confessed his own sins. He confessed the sins of his nations. He asked God for help. That is what we need to be doing TODAY! Not tomorrow, today!

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land." ~2 Chronicles 7:14

So what should we take away from all this? We need to pray! Pray for our leaders, that they will see God, and ask for his guidance when making decisions, as our forefathers did. Confess our own personal sins. Confess the sins of our country. And plead. Plead for God to be merciful to us, and for Him to heal our land. Doesn't that just sound sweet to your ears? We need to be praying. So let's get going! If you're reading this right now, don't just skip this and say "Oh, I'll do it later" or something like that. Stop right now. Pray to God. Do it. And not just now, but all the time.

Now, do it.



In Christ,
Elizabeth

5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Elizabeth,

What a wonderful post! It pleases me so much to see that you are becoming such a wonderful young woman who has a passion for the things of God. I am so proud of you. Keep up the great sharing of what is on your heart!

I love you!

Mom

Rae said...

Wow! You are a very eloquant writer. I agree with all the points you made and I encourage you to keep writing, the Lord has really blessed you with that talent.

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The Riefer Fam said...

Elizabeth!! Sorry I haven't been commenting--for some reason you stopped showing up on my dashboard, so it looks like you haven't posted in a while!! I'll try to get it fixed..sorry:/
I do enjoy checking your blog though, and reading your wonderful posts, so keep it up;)

Libby Timmis said...

AMEN!!! Beautiful post, Elizabeth. You have a natural talent for writing!

I hope to meet you in person soon!

Libby (Elizabeth!! :D)