Like millions of other Americans, I love this country and am thankful I was born here. I do not take lightly the freedoms we have, nor the price of human life that has been paid to secure them.
I believe that this country has been blessed by God for these last 240 years in magnificent ways. I thank Him often for my fortune of being a citizen of this nation, and I pray for the men and women who have been elected by the citizens to govern. Ultimately I believe no man or woman is elected to serve without it being within the sovereign will of God for them to be in office.
These verses from the Bible remind me, however, that God does not have to bless this nation:
And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,
and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do it. Jeremiah 18:9-10
Today when you are enjoying your day and your freedoms, take a moment to praise God for His hand of blessing on this nation. It may not always be there.
One blessing that will always be there if it is chosen, however, is freedom in Christ.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
I end with the opening lyrics penned by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938:
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her,
through the night, with a light from above!
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
© 2016 Jeanne Dial