The Revolutionary War, Civil War, both of the World Wars, Women’s Suffrage, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, all the wars in the Middle East, the war on terrorism, and today the war of Politics. How can we have hope in the face of so much turmoil?
This spring my groom of 37 years and I made a voyage to our nation’s capital for a ten-day tour. We saw monuments and memorials for every one of the above plus more. There was more than we could take in.
I suppose this is logical for a nation that began over t200 years ago as a result of a hope of being free to govern itself.
I think back on what it must have been like on American soil when those first colonists began settling in this new land. Despite the hardship, more and more sailed the Atlantic in wind-powered ships to joined the Pilgrims because they had hope for a better life.
Our nation was founded on hope.
In DC, the Smithsonians showcase everything from wagon trains into the unchartered west to putting a man through outer space and onto the moon. The common theme for every one of these accomplishments was hope.
Where would we be without hope?
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. Psalm 147:10-11
Today we celebrate American Independence Day. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. This year marks the 241st birthday of our nation and it is important to consider the hope that has brought us to this point.
Where we place our hope is important.
In many ways I can see similarities between us (the U.S) and the Children of Israel and their desire to be their own free nation. God made a way for them. I think we could draw some similarities and point out how the Children of Israel drifted away from God and His plan, and through His Grace, Love and Discipline, they would correct their path and eventually return to God. Has our country drifted too far away from the truths that we were founded on? I believe the promise found in second Chronicles is true.
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
Our hope in God isn’t just a wish or a dream, but a sure confidence that what God says will happen, will happen.
We can have confidence in where our hope comes from.
On Christ the solid rock I stand , all other ground is sinking sand
My Hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness.
Happy Birthday America
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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama. Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.