As we celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness July 4th, let’s remember to pray for the future of the very things we celebrate.
The Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed on July 4, 1776. The 56 signers of that document put their very lives on the line when they signed it. They were going against their government and had every reason to believe that they would die for what they believed and signed their name to.
They pledged their lives, their fate and their honor for our freedom.
Four days after the Declaration of Independence was signed George Washington sent his first orders out: A paid chaplain was mandatory for every regiment. He knew God alone had brought them to this declaration and he wanted all to know the importance of becoming a Christian soldier.
Shortly after the document was signed they had to fight for the very principles they believed. The very next month, August 27-30 they fought the largest battle of the Revolutionary War. It is an amazing story of valor in middle of apparent defeat.
In short the Americans had lost the battle of Long Island, NY. “When the battle ended, the Americans were stranded on the Island with little hope for escape from the British army. It was only a matter of time. Calling his council together, General George Washington proposed the only option; a perilous escape by small boats across the East River to Manhattan Island. The crossing of this American “Red Sea” became one the most miraculous events in the entire American War for Independence.” (Marshall 314)
On the 28th George Washington not only met with his earthly council but with the most High God, Jesus Christ. I believe God alone led General Washington’s plan of escape leading 9000 Americans across the river in the cover of the night to safety. When morning broke he feared that the last of his men would be seen by the British but a dense fog settled over the water and hindered their sight. The fog stayed on the water until the last little boat made it across and the fog lifted.
George Washington knew that God Himself had saved them. Found written in a British diary, “The hand of God is upon them.” Even the enemy knew that God had saved them.
After the Declaration of Independence was signed the men still continued to fight for what they believed in–it wasn’t over. We still have to fight for what we believe in as a Christian nation today.
Lets not become discouraged when we lose battles or become complacent. Let’s stay in the counsel of the most high God, Jesus Christ, be diligent to His leading and obedient to follow through, just like our fore fathers.
As we celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness this Independence day– let’s remember to pray for the future of the very things we celebrate.
Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
II Chronicles 7:14“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin
and heal their land.” NKJV