Every morning when I wake up, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness to this country. The men that He brought together to steer this country with new ideas of freedom were not perfect men, but He used them anyways. They were the vessels that He chose to be glorified through. I’m truly grateful for the history of America’s divine providence. Noah Webster’s dictionary of 1828 defines providence as :
In theology, the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures. He that acknowledges a creation and denies a providence, involves himself in a palpable contradiction; for the same power which caused a thing to exist is necessary to continue its existence. Some persons admit a general providence, but deny a particular providence, not considering that a general providence consists of particulars. A belief in divine providence, is a source of great consolation to good men. By divine providence is often understood God himself.
I am thankful to live in the country that I do, in this day and age. I am also in awe of our founding father’s remarkable vision for a country united “One nation under God”. The Declaration of Independence reflects our Founder’s faith in God, but this document only came into being as a result of biblical ideas that had been sown into the hearts of the colonists for one hundred and fifty years. The Declaration of Independence states in the last line preceding the signatures:
“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.”
I believe in this country and the founding documents that guide it. I’m proud to raise my sons and daughters to be bound to the words of these documents. I’m also, at the same time, reminded of how Jesus illustrates in John 15 how He is the vine and his Father the gardener. His father cuts off branches that bare no fruit and He prunes every branch that bears fruit. Pruning hurts, it’s the trimming away that has to happen to produce bigger fruit. I pray that this country is being pruned by the Father and not cut off.
George Washington was very aware of the protection of Divine Providence when he took his very first oath as the first president of this country. His Bible was turned to Deuteronomy 28, which outlines in detail the blessings for obeying the Lord and the curses for disobeying Him. Let us be reminded on this holiday of thankfulness to pray for His faithfulness to continue to protect this country and its leaders.