'Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this
people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the
land, which I sware unto their fathers to give
Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. The day will
be filled with parades and backyard celebrations,
honoring those who have served and who serve
today in our military. Many cities and towns
will host festivities to honor the fallen, and
to show appreciation for those who daily put their
lives on the line for our freedoms.
The fight for freedom was begun many years ago.
God ordained that His people should fight for
their lands, many times over. He could have just
swept his hand over it, or spoken His wishes out
loud, and the land would have been pure and
spotless, with no fighting, no blood shed.
But God also knew that mankind needs to be a part
of the process. If we truly want to have the
promise of God, to have our inheritance of the
land He promised to our forefathers, then we must
take ownership of that promise. It is, after all,
ours. He gave it to us. And, I have to tell you,
if you do not already know (and I think you do!),
the promises made in the Bible, yes, back in
'the day', are promises that have been handed
down to us, over and over again, and are just
as binding today as they were all those thousands
of years ago. And God is just as faithful.
We all fight for our country in different ways.
Some of us join up with the armed forces; some
are political, either actively or by voting based
on informed choice; some (hopefully all of us) pray,
and seek God's wisdom in all things first and
foremost. And, of course, there are those who do
all of those things.
If we truly love our God and country, then we
will participate in the preservation of our
freedoms in some way. But we must thank our
God first, and our military men and women, no
matter where they are serving, no matter their
branch of service, no matter their jobs in that
service, for their courage, their willingness
to stand for what they and we believe in, and for
their strength for the battles they will face
today and in the days ahead.
So when you are taking part today in public
festivities, or even if you are only attending a
back yard bar-be-que, don't forget what it is
really all about....God's promise, and people's
courage throughout the ages, to stand, to fight, to
conquer, and to preserve our Christian way of life,
with His hand leading the way.
Thank God. And thank any military person or family
you know or encounter for their willingness to
serve this country that we all love.