On Monday, we will celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States. It is far more than just the anniversary of an event in time. The opening words and the closing words of the Declaration of Independence have a powerful message for us today.
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them….”
Our nation began, not by beseeching King George to give us freedom, but by boldly declaring that America was assuming equal standing among the powers of the earth. The basis of that equal standing was not something that a human being or human institution gave to them, but something to which God held the title and God gave to them.
The Declaration closes with these words:
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Our founding document ends with “a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”
King Solomon told his son to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NASB) The men who signed the Declaration were taking action that, from all human reasoning, was doomed before it got off the ground. These men looked beyond the limitations of human reasoning to the Highest Authority.
America is unique and exceptional because we started on a solid foundation to which King Solomon referred. That foundation is simply trust in God. “With a firm reliance on Divine Providence.” On this Independence Day, take a moment to humbly bow and ask God for His continued Divine Providence. Happy Fourth of July. May God Bless America.
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