Posts Tagged ‘providence’

The United States of America is a Miracle

June 23rd, 2014 1 comment

americaI am preparing for my annual Freedom Sunday message coming up on July 6th. This is a time for our church family at Living Stones to remember what our founding fathers referred to as “the hand of Providence.” Of course they were making reference to what George Washington called the “divine interpositions” of Almighty God. That’s a fancy way of explaining the miraculous, supernatural intervention of God in the founding of this nation.

In an open letter to the American people, the Continental Congress acknowledged God’s amazing protection and providence as follows:

America, without arms, ammunition, discipline, revenue, government or ally, almost totally stript of commerce, and in the weakness of youth, as it were with a “staff and sling” only, dared “in the name of the Lord of Hosts,” to engage a gigantic adversary, prepared at all points, boasting of his strength, and of whom even mighty warriors were greatly afraid.” [1]

Against all odds, with no logical explanation for victory, we win!

America is a miracle.

Our Founders knew it.

Our first President knew it.

Washington wrote, “The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all of this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.”

We must recover the knowledge of our supernatural birth as a nation and express our gratitude to God for all He has done to bless and prosper us, lest we continue to be a nation governed by faith-less infidels.

[1] Gragg, Rod. By the Hand of Providence: How Faith Shaped the American Revolution, New York: Howard Books, 2011.

Give Thanks for God’s Gracious Providence

November 19th, 2010 2 comments

As we take time each year to pause as a nation and to give thanks to our God for His many blessings, it is fitting to reflect on the glory and goodness of God expressed in His providential care over our lives. The doctrine of providence is a neglected one in our day. It’s easy to see why. In our increasingly secularized American culture, where God is minimized from sight and marginalized from significance, the truth of His sovereign authority is much maligned.

However, those who acknowledge and worship Him as the all-powerful Creator understand that He is now actively involved in that which He has created. Providence refers to the fact that our sovereign, all-powerful King is even now governing and directing all of history to fulfill His purposes. This means that the day will come when we will fully see and understand all the times the unseen hand of our heavenly Father saved us from evil and protected us from harm’s way. Why did He do these things? Because He loves us and He has called us for a unique plan and purpose (See 2 Timothy 1:9). It’s His plan working through us and he preserves us until that plan is accomplished.

In my next blog entry, we’ll talk about some of the amazing examples of God’s providence in the forming of our great nation. In the meantime, take a moment right now to praise the Lord for His providential care in your life. Thanks Him for his mercies, both the know and the unknown. And let’s live lives worthy of our great calling!