“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shall find Him; if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
Today, across America we celebrate Memorial Day. A day set aside to pay honor to those individuals that gave their lives in service to this great nation, as well as, those whom are serving in distance countries in the name of freedom and democracy. Much like the Children of Israel, the sons and daughters of America have forgotten how with God’s blessing this nation evolved into the Promised Land for so many from so many other lands.
Thomas Jefferson once said; “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” if true politically, how great a price spiritually we must pay? For eternity in heaven is liberal vigilance. Not the political concept of liberal that is banded about so liberally today, but freely giving time or some other asset abundantly i.e., a liberal helping.
“Take heed,” Moses says three times in Chapter 4 of the Book of Deuteronomy. First, take heed and keep your soul diligently. Second, take heed that you not worship idols. Third, take heed that you not forget the covenant the Lord made with you. These are all dangers for us today. How easily we get careless about the welfare of our souls. How easily we worship modern idols. How easily we forget the promises of the Lord. We, too, must take heed. The price of our spiritual strength is eternal vigilance.
“Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:9-10). In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave his prayer proclamation to the nation. Even a very religious man like me is moved by his words:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God.
We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” No man can ever fill his shoes.
“And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which said unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: Deliver me, I pray thee” (Genesis 32:9, 11). In remembrance of the fallen, as well as, those who may fall we pay homage; “Some gave all, all gave some, some gave more than others and some are still giving.” Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus our Christ