Today, Let’s Remember That!
On March 3, 1863, anguished by the ravages of civil war, Abraham Lincoln declared a Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day:
‘Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord…We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been 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 behoves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.’
God warned Israel: ‘When…your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied…you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant…’ (Deuteronomy 8:13, 18 NKJV).
Today, let’s remember that!
‘…Remember the Lord your God…’ Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 37:4-5, 23-24; 40:1-3, 16-17
Trust in the Lord, & do well! Delight yourself in the Lord, & he will give you the desires of your heart! Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him & he will act! Be still before the Lord & wait patiently for him. The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. I waited patiently for the Lord he inclined to me & heard my cry! He drew me up from the pit of destruction, & set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God! May all who seek you rejoice & be glad in you! As for me, I am poor & needy, but the Lord takes thought for me! You are my help & my deliverer; do not delay, o my God!
When your delight is for him, he has promised to give you the desires of your heart! He holds you by the hand! He will never let you go! Believe & seek him today! Never delay!