It’s time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Happy Birthday, America!
This national holiday is more than cookouts, fireworks, travel, and recreation. It’s a time to remember, a time to rest, and a time to request.
1. Let’s remember our founding fathers, the men and women of the armed services, and first responders. Faith in Jesus Christ was foundational in our nation’s history and historical documents. A tour of Washington, D.C. reveals the prominence of God and His Word. As you and I celebrate our nation’s birthday, let’s remember and thank the men and women serving and protecting our country. If you’ve served or are serving in the military, thank you for your dedication, sacrifice, and commitment. We honor you! Many of our first responders are on duty this July 4th. If you see any of them tomorrow, take a moment and show them your kindness.
2. Let’s break from the routine and rest. If you’re off work, I hope you’ll rest and enjoy the day with family and friends. Rest doesn’t mean we do nothing. We change the pace and perspective of life. A break from electronics is another way to rest. Being offline in Cuba for five days was healthy. We didn’t see a television; we didn’t have an internet signal; and we didn’t hear any breaking news alerts. I hope we’ll minimize our daily routines and rest for the day. It’ll be therapeutic for your mind, body, and spirit.
3. Let’s seek God and request His favor on our nation. You and I are commanded to pray for our leaders, our churches, and our pastors. We need a significant revival and spiritual awakening. Psalm 85:4-7 says, “Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.” I long to see a Heaven-sent revival and spiritual awakening in my lifetime. I know this is the heart-cry of many of you, too. “Lord, please revive us again!”
Angie and I celebrate thirty-one years of marriage this week. I thank the Lord for her partnership in life and ministry these many years. To God be the glory!
May you, your family, and your friends enjoy a wonderful July 4th!
Blessed is the Nation,