"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
As the aroma of barbecue fills the air and the vibrant hues of fireworks prepare to paint the night sky, we stand together to celebrate the 4th of July. And it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without the brave folks who dared to dream and make a change in our great nation.
In 1776, a handful of courageous
individuals decided to stand up for something different and bold. They believed in the freedom and rights given to them by God, and they weren't afraid to take a stand. They took a step of faith, trusting not only in their vision but also God’s providence that guided them. With firm faith and the rights given to them by God, these men forged a new path. Today, we stand as recipients of their courage, vision, and faith. And as we look at our own lives, we can be encouraged that this kind of faith is just as vital for us today. Just as the Founding Fathers trusted in God's providence while they shaped a nation, we are called to trust in God in our lives and as a community.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." This means in every decision, in every challenge, in every victory, we must lean on God, acknowledge Him, and He will guide us.
So, this 4th of July, as we enjoy the fireworks, the backyard barbecues, and the joy of being with family and friends, let's take a moment to remember the faith that helped found this great nation. And let's honor that faith by living it out in our own lives, leaning on God, trusting Him, and watching Him guide our paths.
As you celebrate the 4th of July, how can you use it as a reminder to trust God more in your own life?
Happy Independence Day!